Jeremie Aliadiere claims Arsenal has no choice but this summer to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – even though it’s for a cut-price fee.
“They have to sell him, 100 per cent,” the Frenchman told Goal. “Arsenal can’t afford losing free players. To be realistic, I can’t believe we have a top player again, our leader, heading into the summer with just one year remaining on his deal.”
The Gabon International is preparing to begin the last year of his deal in northern London and an understanding is yet to be made for negotiations for an extension.
Indeed, Arsenal should’ve sold him sooner according to Aliadiere, “And so, how much would we be selling him for with one year left? Arsenal is in the worst position you can imagine again because you have a top-quality player who assures you of 20-25 Premier League goals for a season that is a year of going away on a free.
“Or, he gets sold to Barcelona or Real Madrid but when? How much would you pay for him now? Nothing relative to what if you had offered him last summer. They may have asked for £ 100 million.”
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter have all been linked to the leading scorer from Arsenal, who has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances since joining in 2018 from Borussia Dortmund.
Head coach Mikel Arteta says he wishes to retain the 30-year-old at ‘all costs,’ but Aliadiere admits that struggling to reach fresh deals with the successful attacker leaves the team with no alternative but to cash in:
“There is again, I think, a wrong management. It will be solved in two years ‘ time. You can’t let a player, particularly a player like Aubameyang, end up with one year left on his deal. That’s not ok.”
The only solution Aliadiere finds is to cut losses and sell the player now.