Arsenal are open to selling Ainsley Maitland-Niles in order to fund a new contract for forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and bring in some new faces, but want a £20million for the right-back.
The 22-year-old has been highly-rated at the club for a while but his progress has stalled of late after falling out of favour under manager Mikel Arteta this term.
And according to The Sun, Arsenal are ready to offload the versatile Englishman plus other youngsters in order to securing the long-term future of top scorer Aubameyang, who has been Arsenal’s main source of goals since joining in January 2018.
The reports explains in details that Gunners want £20million for Maitland-Niles, while Emile Smith-Rowe, who is loan spell away at Huddersfield could also be placed on the market for sizeable fees.
Issues over agreeing a new contract for Aubameyang have rumbled on for some time, with the club skipper current deal set to expire next summer.
The priority for manager Mikel Arteta remains convincing Aubameyang, who has scored 20 goals this season, to sign new contract extension at Emirates despite the 30-year-old’s desire to play Champions League football.
Arsenal, meanwhile, identified Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard as a potential replacement for Aubameyang in case the Gabon international leave the club this summer.
Celtic’s valuation is around £30m for Edouard, who has also attracted interest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Leicester and Everton.
Mikel Arteta’s side will also hold talks with fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette to thrash out a deal in order to avoid losing both strikers in one summer.
However former Gunners forward Ian Wright has warned Aubameyang about the dangers of prolonging his contract negotiations.
He said: ‘If the season was still going and he continued scoring goals then he’d be in a strong position.
‘But I think the position he’s in now – we’re talking about someone who’s going to be 32 next summer.
‘He is getting into a situation where if he does see that contract out, are the same people going to come for him?’