Arsenal will have to fork out £150m if they want to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to former Gunners defender Bacary Sagna.
Aubameyang, 30, has been worth every penny of the £56m Arsenal paid to prise him away from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.
The Gabon international has bagged an astonishing 61 goals in 97 appearances for the north London club, which amounts to a goal every 1.6 games.
And with just over a year remaining on his current Emirates deal, Aubameyang’s Arsenal future is in serious doubt.
But former Gunners right-back Sagna has urged his old club to keep their star striker at all costs, even if that means paying him a massive fee to stay put.
“He can’t go now because Arsenal are on the way to building something strong,” Sagna told Goal .
“They can’t afford to lose him. If they have to pay him, then just pay him because if they want someone else of his quality they cost £150m.
“So don’t spend this £150m, just spend £50m and give it to him. It’s the same as Van Persie and I think you have to learn from that situation.
“Auba deserves it. I’m not saying that because of his name or because he has scored a few goals. He’s the best striker in the league.”
Nevertheless, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta could face a battle to keep Aubameyang amid reported interest from Madrid and Barca.
According to the Express, Zinedine Zidane has informed the Gunners forward he is on Los Blancos’ radar ahead of the summer transfer window – albeit as a backup option for their top targets.
Instead, Zidane has set his sights on signing Dortmund wonderkid Erling Haaland or Liverpool winger Sadio Mane at the end of the season.
Haaland, 19, has bagged 12 goals in 11 appearances since joining the Bundesliga outfit from RB Salzburg in January, while Mane has netted 18 goals in 38 games for Premier League leaders Liverpool this term.