Arsenal ready to take £20m gamble on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Raul Sanllehi policy U-turn

first_imgAdvertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is out of contract in 2021 (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are willing to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang run down his contract at the club after Raul Sanllehi, the Gunners’ head of football, relaxed a policy over players entering the final 12 months of their deal.The 30-year-old has 13 months to run on his existing deal and he’s yet to sign an extension, though it’s unclear if Arsenal have officially tabled a new contract to the Gabon international.Nevertheless, the striker’s intimated he would not sign a new deal if they club fail to qualify for the Champions League for a fourth successive season and his situation has attracted interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have an unfortunate recent history of letting players either leave for free or for cut-price fees due to the club’s failure to tie their best players down to long-term deals.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Jun 2020 11:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.9kShares Comment Arsenal ready to take £20m gamble on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after Raul Sanllehi policy U-turn Aubameyang had been valued at £50m before the pandemic hit (Picture: Getty)Sanllehi vowed to put an end to that following the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United but the Sun report that he’s now willing to relax that policy given the unprecedented circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic.The financial effects of the virus have been grave and clubs are not expected to spend the amounts that have been seen in previous transfer windows.Though Arsenal’s intention has always been to keep Aubameyang, they would have listened to offers of around £50m for the forward if he intimated that he would not sign a new deal. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThat’s now an unrealistic figure but Arsenal will not accept derisory fees with the Sun claiming they would rather allow Aubameyang to leave on a free in 2021 than accept bids of less than £20m for the forward. Aubameyang has bagged 61 goals in 97 appearances for the club and Arsenal doubt their chances of replacing him this summer, particularly for some of the paltry figures that have been suggested.MORE: Odion Ighalo fires warning to Man Utd rivals over Bruno Fernandeslast_img read more

Premier League action kicks off this afternoon

first_imgIn the the 3 o’clock matches in the Premier League, Chelsea will be looking to continue their strong start to the season as they host Aston Villa.Defending champions Man City pay a visit to Hull while Man United are at home to West Ham.Elsewhere, Crystal Palace entertain Leicester, Swansea visit Sunderland and in-form Southampton play host to QPR.The late game in the top-flight this evening is at the Emirates where Arsenal will play host to Tottenham in a north London derby from half-past five. Irish international Seamus Coleman is a doubt for Everton ahead of the game.Both sides have struggled to re-create their form of last season so-far this campaign.– Kick-off at Anfield today is at 12:45last_img read more

SHAY ON HIS WAY OUT OF CITY, BUT MANCINI BLOCKS CELTIC MOVE

first_imgSHAY Given is on his way out of Manchester City after Roberto Mancini gave the go-ahead for the club to buy Argentina’s No.1 goalkeeper to bolster his squad.Sergio Romero, who started in goal for all of Argentina’s 2010 World Cup matches, is wanted as competition for Joe Hart, with Eastlands’ No.2 Shay Given understood to be heading to pastures new.Mancini is in talks with Romero’s agent Mino Raiola. Weekend speculation linking Shay with Manchester United has now been ruled out.It’s also understood a bid by Neil Lennon to take both Shay Given and Craig Bellamy back to Celtic Park has been blocked by City.Lennon had hoped to get both players on loan deals because the Hoops can’t afford lavish transfer fees.But Mancini is insisting that both players are sold on, rather than loaned out. Fraser Forster – the Hoops goalie last season – may not return to the club.Newcastle have rejected a £1.5M offer for the player who was on loan last season.Meanwhile Lennon admits winning the title next season is a must for Celtic.“I think it is imperative that we do win it. Three years without the title is a long time for us,” said Lennon.“From my own point of view, if you go two years as an Old Firm manager without a title, it might be very difficult to keep your job. “The pressure of the job is always the same – win the league.”Celtic were pipped to the title by Rangers on the final day of season 2010/11, the Ibrox side’s third consecutive championship.They also lost in extra-time to their old rivals in the final of the Co-operative Insurance Cup but finished the season by lifting the Scottish Cup at Hampden by beating Motherwell.“Some of the football we played last season was fantastic and we want to continue that,” said Lennon. “We weren’t far away from achieving a domestic treble, but we fell short in two competitions and we want to improve on that next year.“The expectation level is going to be greater because of the progress we made last year and that is a credit to the players.“They have to accept that challenge and take it on as I do as a manager.“If you can win a double or treble, brilliant, but to win the league is a must really.SHAY ON HIS WAY OUT OF CITY, BUT MANCINI BLOCKS CELTIC MOVE was last modified: June 27th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Celticmanchester cityShay Givenlast_img read more