Paper Talk: Arsenal line up £32m Aubameyang replacement

Date published: Tuesday 30th June 2020 8:56 - Robert McCarthy

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Arsenal have lined-up a £32m striker to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Tottenham are set to open talks to sign a new right-back, according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.



Arsenal have reportedly begun preparing for life without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst eyed as his potential replacement.

Aubameyang has been a revelation for the Gunners ever since joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.

The Gabon international averages more than a goal every two game, but Aubameyang and Arsenal are at a crossroads heading into the summer – with a big decision to be made on his future.

The striker has just one year left on his contract at the Emirates, with negotiations ongoing regarding a new deal.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta recently said he is “pretty positive” about agreeing a new deal with Aubameyang, who has been linked with Inter Milan and Juventus.

However, the 31-year-old admitted this month that it will be the “most important decision of my career”, while also stating Arsenal “have the keys” to make a deal happen.

But with no deal looking a possibility, the north London giants have reportedly begun preparing for his exit.

According to German outlet Bild, as cited by the Daily Express, the Gunners hold an interest in signing Weghorst from Wolfsburg.

However, it’s also reported that they could face strong competition from Newcastle for the player, if their £300million takeover is completed.

Weghorst is said to be available at £32m, which Arsenal would likely to be able to afford if Aubameyang was sold.

The 27-year-old has impressed in his two years at Wolfsburg, scoring 33 goals in 66 games in the Bundesliga.



But Arsenal are seemingly not his first-choice, should Weghorst be able to choose a destination in the Premier League.

Speaking last month, Weghorst admitted his desire to one day play in the Premier League and hinted that his dream club would be Liverpool.

“I always found Liverpool very special. I still get goosebumps from ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’,” he said.

“There are other great English clubs too, and I always liked Milan because so many Dutch played there.”

“I am ambitious and want to get ahead. Maybe at some point play at another club, whether in Germany or in England?

“But at the moment it is still far away. I feel good and try to achieve the maximum here.”



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