Arsenal are prioritising Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s new contract over new signing this summer, according to reports.
The 30-year-old striker has been pivotal to the Gunners since joining in January 2018 with 61 goals in 97 appearances.
Aubameyang, who scored 20 goals for Mikel Arteta’s side this season, will be able to leave for nothing next summer with current deal beyond 2021 but Arsenal remain optimistic.
And according to Telegraph, Arsenal hope their strong relationship with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s agent father and intermediary Pierre-Francois will persuade him to sign a new contract.
The explains in details that Aubameyang’s future is Arsenal’s top priority and the club are ready to throw everything into convincing the striker to remain at the Emirates stadium beyond next summer.
The Gabon international, who won the Premier League Golden Boot last season, has been linked with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid in recent months.
It means Gunners must decide whether to cash in this summer or risk losing him for nothing in another 12 months’ time.
With the Covid-19 crisis affecting Arsenal’s finances like every club globally, they are prioritising extending Aubameyang’s deal instead of buying a new striker this summer.
Pierre-Francois’s name was on the Football Association paperwork when his son signed for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in a £56million deal in 2018.
Aubameyang Snr was also a striker who played 80 times for his country Gabon and also for French clubs Le Havre, Toulouse, Nice and Rouen.
Aubameyang, who scored in Gunners 6-0 win over championships side Charlton last weekend will be key for Arsenal in their hopes of qualifying for Europe when the season resumes.
The London club currently sit ninth in the standings, eight points behind Chelsea in fourth spot.
However, they are five points off Manchester United in fifth with a game in hand and that may be enough to qualify for Europe’s top competition if Manchester City are banned. Their appeal against the ruling they broke FFP rules is being held this week.