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

Can the Sonics bounce back?

first_imgGABA/Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme…The action continues tonight in the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA)/Rainforest Water/Malta Supreme Under-23, second-division and first-division tournament when the Pepsi Sonics clash with the in-form Plaisance Guardians.The night gets started in the second-division category at 18:30h, then the first-division players take centre stage as Sonics take on Nets at 20:30h at the Burnham Hard Court.With the Plaisance Guardians being crowned the victorious second-division champions in March 2018 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, the team have always classified themselves as one of the top squads.As of recent, the Guardians have recorded a number of wins in the GABA League as they search for yet another title to add to their name. The Guardians have been in form as they demolished the Pacesetters 72-62 in their recent clash over the weekend with skipper Terrence Daniels (18), leading from the front yet again as he received valuable support from Delroy Critchlow (11) and Hillman Bovell (10).Daniels has kept his performance consistent throughout the tournament with back-to-back leading scores. Guardians have an advantage over the Sonics who seem to be having an off season.In the next match-up for the night, the Sonics will face the Nets. The Sonics have been trying to win games, but can hardly find the net as they seem to be having a dry spell.In last Saturday’s match-up, the Colts defeated the Sonics 62-51. Sonics led 20-14 after the first quarter, but the opposition’s defence got better as the game progressed which saw Sonics being outscored in the next three periods 10-15, 10-17, 11-16, respectively, to proverbially snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.In the majority of their games, the Sonics have managed to excel at the start, but somewhere along the line, they lose their flair.last_img read more