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Manchester United prepare shock £50 million bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has backed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bounce back from his big miss in Arsenal's Europa League defeat against Olympiacos.

Manchester United are reportedly preparing a shock £50 million bid for Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to The Sun, Arsenal could cash in on Aubameyang whose contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021.

Arsenal chiefs have supposedly accepted the 30-year-old will not sign a new deal and United are ready to take advantage.

Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from Mikel Arteta’s side with the club crashing out of the Europa League and currently ninth in the Premier League table.

Arsenal paid Borussia Dortmund a club record fee of £56million for the Gabon international in January 2018.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in signing the striker and would be able to offer him Champions League football assuming the competition goes ahead as planned next season.

Manchester United brought in Odion Ighalo on loan from Chinese side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in January after failing to sign Bournemouth’s Josh King.

The club are yet to find a long-term replacement for Romelu Lukaku and have suffered injuries to both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial this season.

Aubameyang already has 20 goals in all competitions for 2019-2020 after scoring 31 times in the previous campaign.

Head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu wanted the club captain to commit his long-term future to the Gunners but Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham have also insisted they will avoid repeating the situations of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere who both left on a free transfer.

Mesut Ozil, Bukayo Saka, Shkodran Mustafi and Reiss Nelson are also out of contract in 2021 but there is more urgency to sort out Aubameyang’s future.

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