Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is interesting Chinese Super League clubs Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG, according to the Times.
They report that the mega-rich clubs have been encouraged by Arsenal’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
And Guangzhou apparently had a £62 million move for the Gabonese hitman lined up just weeks before he joined Arsenal in January 2018 – only to see it collapse.
Aubameyang looks open to a switch to China, because the same report says that a proposed move to Tianjin Quanjian in 2017 didn’t happen because time ran out before the deadline.
Aubameyang didn’t sign up to play in the Europa League – he is a Champions League standard player – and that could see him leave Arsenal if Unai Emery isn’t careful.
If he’s not going to play in Europe’s top competition, he may feel he may as well take the money at his advanced stage of his career – boosting his wages from £190,000-a-week to nearer £300,000, as per the report.
And given that Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette are by far Arsenal’s best players, Emery cannot afford to lose the hitman, who was the joint highest scorer in the Premier League last season.
There’s other improvements that need making elsewhere – Emery doesn’t want to be losing his top talent in the meantime.