Arsenal face prospect of missing out on giant Gabon centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
Serie A giants move ahead of north London club in race to sign AS Saint Etienne’s coveted attacker at the end of the season.
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger will need to act quickly if he still wishes to bring in-form AS Saint Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Emirates at the end of the season, after it emerged that Italian outfit Inter Milan had had an 10 million euros offer for the player rejected by the Ligue 1 club.
The Frenchman has by all accounts been keeping close tabs on the 23-year-old attacker of late, even sending scouts to watch the Gabon international in action first hand, as he ponders which players he needs to recruit this summer in order to bring an end to the club’s eight-year wait for a trophy.
However, with Aubameyang currently valued at around the £8.8m mark by footballer database transfermarkt, Wenger will need to ascertain just what the front man will add to the North London club’s attacking line next season.
It already appears that with ASSE expecting a bidding war this summer, his price has escalated well beyond that mark thanks to his hugely impressive form this season.
Aubameyang, who is contracted to St Etienne until 2016, has scored 35 times in just 79 games in all competitions since joining Les Verts from AC Milan three years ago and his all-round combination of power, pace and physicality would be sure to stand him in good stead in the English top flight were Wenger to act.