Barcelona and Real Madrid are reportedly considering moves for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid speculation that the forward could look to leave the club.
Arsenal have endured a disappointing start to the new season and there has been a growing sense of unrest at the Emirates in recent weeks, the club having failed to win in any of their past six fixtures in all competitions ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League meeting with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Unai Emery has come under increasing pressure as Arsenal have slipped to eight points adrift of the top four, the club now facing the realistic prospect of missing out on Champions League football for a fourth consecutive season.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal’s continued absence from Europe’s elite has led to several players considering their futures in North London, with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid said to be keeping an eye on developments with a view to making a move for Aubameyang.
Despite the club’s struggles, Aubameyang has been amongst the club’s most consistent performers, scoring 31 goals in all competitions last season and beginning the new season in similar fashion, scoring nine times already in the opening months of the campaign.
The 30-year-old is currently contracted to the club until 2021, though talks over an extension have stalled as the Gabon international evaluates the club’s ability to challenge for honours.
The La Liga giants could now attempt to capitalise on the uncertainty, though Arsenal would likely want to recoup a significant fee for a player they signed in a £56m then club-record deal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.