Arsenal would rather keep Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang until the end of his contract than accept offers of up to £20million for him this summer, according to a report.
With just over a year remaining on his contract, Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move away in recent months and Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Barcelona all reportedly keen.
Several reports have indicated that Arsenal would accept £50million the Gabon international, who is unlikely to reach his target of Champions League football next term if he stays with the Gunners.
Indeed, Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi promised that, after a string of cut-price or free exits for players at the end of their deals, the trend would stop with Aubameyang in the form of a valuable exit or a new contract.
However, The Sun claims that the Gunners chief could backtrack on that policy due to the financial ramifications of the global pandemic.
The newspaper claims that a good deal for Arsenal in the circumstances would be in the £20million range and the Gunners will only sanction such a move if a replacement striker costs less.
Otherwise, Sanllehi is keen to hold onto the player to allow him to add to his impressive record of 61 goals in 97 appearances and aid Mikel Arteta in his first full season in charge.
Recent reports have offered conflicting perspectives on Aubameyang’s contractual situation; while one report claimed he had been offered a new deal, another said that concrete talks had yet to take place.
The striker, who turns 31 next month, is a string of players whose contracts run out next summer, including Bukayo Saka and Shkodran Mustafi.