ARSENAL skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could reportedly be the subject of a “cheeky” bid from Chelsea at the end of the season.
It’s well documented that Frank Lampard is keen to sign a striker in the summer with Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi linked with a move away.
Aubameyang‘s future at the Emirates remains uncertain with his current contract set to expire in 2021.
And it has been claimed that the Gunners have accepted the fact that the Gabon international may not commit his long-term future, leading him to be available for £50million.
According to Bleacher Report‘s Dean Jones, the ex-Borussia Dortmund marksman is on the radar of the Blues, who are also determined to bolster their defence.
Asked who Chelsea’s top targets are, he said: “Lampard wants a lot. New keeper, new LB, new CB, new wide forward and a new striker.
“Some targets include: Nick Pope, Ben Chilwell, (Kalidou) Koulibaly, Milan Skriniar, Timo Werner, Jadon Sancho, (Mauro) Icardi, Moussa Dembele, and even look out for a cheeky bid for Aubameyang.”
He was then posed with a question on whether the former Saint-Etienne star will depart North London at the end of the campaign.
Jones simply stated: “It’s more than likely.”
Along with Chelsea, Manchester United are said to be interested in signing Aubameyang – who has scored 61 goals in 97 games for Arsenal since arriving from Germany.
Meanwhile LaLiga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are also believed to be keen on securing his services, with the player understood to want to play Champions League football.
Aubameyang and his Arsenal team-mates have agreed a 12.5 per cent pay cut to help out the club due to the Covid-19 pandemic, meaning that he is now pocketing roughly £175,000-a-week.
Should the Gunners return to the Champions League next term, the squad would get the 12.5 per cent back, as well as being given a bonus of £100,000.