Former Arsenal star Paul Merson has admitted that he can see striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quitting the club for Manchester United.
Aubameyang inherited the Arsenal captaincy this season, but that isn’t necessarily a sign that his long-term future lies at the Emirates Stadium, as with just over a year left on his contract, he continues to be linked with a move away.
Barcelona are said to have lined him up as a potential successor to Luis Suarez, but Aubameyang could in fact remain in the Premier League, filling a key gap for rivals Manchester United.
Robin Van Persie made the same move at a similar stage in his career, and pundit Merson believes Aubameyang would be a natural move for United to make – even if his motive would be different than the Dutchman’s.
“Aubameyang is what Manchester United are missing,” Merson told Sky Sports. “He is a goalscorer and goalscorers are priceless.
“If you look at United and the way they played against Manchester City a couple of weeks ago, I thought they were very, very good. You looked at them and thought they have got a chance, especially if they could also get hold of a couple more players, especially a creative midfielder.
“You couldn’t help but be impressed with their performance and if they were to sign Aubameyang and they also got someone like a Jack Grealish, are they big players? They would be a major force, in my opinion.
“They are crying out for someone who is going to score them 20 to 25 goals, and that’s what Aubameyang can bring. He gets you 25 goals without even breaking sweat. Add a Grealish if they can get him and then you’ve got Bruno Fernandes as well playing in behind a striker, Manchester United will be a major force.
“I don’t think you can say Aubameyang would be going for ambition if he went to Manchester United though. He’d be going for the money because he’s almost 31 and this would likely to be his last move.
“At the moment, you can’t say you are going to go to Manchester United and get guaranteed trophies. You won’t be able to guarantee United winning anything in the next two or three seasons. They are getting better but it’s not ambitions, it’s the money.”
Meanwhile, a range of other suitors have emerged as contenders for Aubameyang, with even Chelsea and Liverpool suggested. Read the latest links here.