Last summer, Manchester United sold Romelu Lukaku – entering the 2019/20 season a striker short. In the end, the Red Devils settled on a January loan move for Odion Ighalo to make up the numbers.
Credit where it’s due, the Nigerian has done brilliantly. However, I still have doubts about whether he’s the long-term solution.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs that reliable, 20+ goal-a-season striker who’ll still the ball in the back of the net during the big moments; enter Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
According to The Express on Sunday, United are ‘ready’ to enter the race to sign the prolific 30-year-old, who has scored 20 times in 32 appearances for Arsenal this term.
In their exclusive, it is claimed that Arsenal are ready to sell the man from Gabon, after pulling out of contract talks last week. The North London outfit would prefer to sell him for a fee, quoted of around £56million, rather than lose him for nothing in twelve months time…
It’s not all plain sailing for United, though, with Inter Milan emerging as frontrunners. However, if Aubameyang wants to stay in England, Old Trafford could be a good option – following in Robin van Persie’s footsteps.
You know you’re going to get goals from Aubameyang, plus, he’s versatile. Right-wing has been a problem position for United over the last few years and if needs-be, it’s a void the Arsenal speedster can fill.
The fee for a player of Aubameyang’s age does seem a little steep, but strengthening yourself while weakening a direct rival is never a bad idea. For me, this is a punt worth taking…