Arsenal have reportedly told Real Madrid they can sign Alexandre Lacazette after the La Liga giants made an initial approach for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates is up in the air as he approaches the final 12 months of his contract.
Arsenal are considering cashing in on the Gabon international this summer and they will not be short of suitors.
Barcelona have been keeping tabs on the 30-year-old, while Manchester United are also thought to be interested.
However, Real Madrid are looking to steal a march on their rivals by making an early enquiry.
France Football claim Los Blancos have asked Gunners chiefs about the possibility of completing a deal this summer.
But Arsenal are desperate to keep hold of their captain and will offer him a contract extension.
They instead put France international Lacazette forward as an alternative for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Arsenal are ninth in the Premier League table and are unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next season.
That could spell the end of Aubameyang’s time in north London as the 30-year-old will want to compete in the biggest competitions.
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The president of Gabon’s football association, Pierre Alain Mounguengui, has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal and called for his national star to leave.
“I don’t want to say that Arsenal aren’t ambitious, but Arsenal don’t have ambitions as high as some other clubs as far as Europe is concerned,” Mounguengui told ESPN.
“So if Pierre could secure a contract with a more ambitious club, he’d definitely find his place there.
“On an individual level, we all consider him to be among the best players in the world, but the advice I give to him is to continue to work and to attract the attention of the biggest clubs and the most ambitious clubs.”
He added: “Aubameyang is a world-class player but for him, or anyone else in Europe who hasn’t won a major honour, football is a collective sport.
“Right now, he’s at Arsenal, and he’s won nothing here, so it’s a collective failing.
“All Gabonese people see Aubameyang at this level, where he can now end his career at a major club and, above all, beyond individual trophies, to bring home a major competition.
“Auba has the habit of saying that if club honours could come, that wouldn’t be bad,
“But that he could also settle for the personal accolades he’s won. As I said, he’s a world-class player.”
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