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Arsenal ‘make contact’ with Real Madrid over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang swap transfer

Real Madrid are hoping a cash-plus-player deal with be enough to persuade Arsenal to part with key man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Emirates faithful will be hoping the Gunners keep hold of the striker into next season.

But according to Diario Madridista, Arsenal have already made contact with Zinedine Zidane’s side about a potential Aubameyang deal.

The Spanish outlet report the north London side could be willing to cash in rather than losing the player for free when his contract expires next summer.

Madrid will try and lower the cost of the transfer by offering Dani Ceballos as a makeweight in any potential transfer.

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This will shave some millions off the £50m valuation of Aubameyang at present.

However, Madrid are said to favour moves for Harry Kane and Erling Haaland at this moment in time, despite their fondness of the Gabon international.

Ceballos has enjoyed a solid loan spell at Arsenal this term but has always insisted he sees his future at Real Madrid.

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The 23-year-old is due to return to the Spanish capital in the summer.

As for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, Aubameyang’s situation is a simple one.

“For me it is very easy,” said the Spaniard earlier this month.

“I want to keep him under any circumstances.

“We will see the intentions that we have and his intentions.

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“Where we are sitting in the table at that moment. I think it is difficult to predict that context right now.”

One big step towards keeping Aubameyang would have been qualifying for the Champions League this term.

But a shock exit to Olympiakos in the Europa League means Arsenal are unlikely to be playing in Europe’s premier competition next term.

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