Former Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas has revealed that he would sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Manchester United this summer – but only one condition.
Speculation has begun to increase that United are eyeing a potential swoop for the Gunners captain this summer, with the forward yet to show any indication he is willing to sign a new contract at the Emirates.
Aubameyang’s current deal expires next summer, and the Gabon international has also been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.
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And although it is hard to imagine the Gunners would be willing to sell their star man to United this summer, Nicholas has revealed that he would sanction a deal as long as United pay £100million for Aubameyang.
“It depends what people put down as a risk,” the now Sky Sports pundit wrote in his Sporting Life column. “You give him to Man Utd. If he was to go there, does it help Arsenal?
“No. If Aubameyang wants to go, you ideally want him out of the Premier League, that is the general aspect. If I was Aubameyang, he will be thinking about what happened to Alexis Sanchez.
“Would he want to be a part of a superstar reload at Manchester United? Is there a great appeal to that? If it was Liverpool or Man City I would get that.
“Man Utd are miles away from the top two, but they have the money and better idea of where they can see the progress coming from.
“Arsenal have been in a mess and are only five points behind them with a game in hand. There is not a lot in this.
“I do not see the glamour and appeal of joining Man Utd. Would he win the title with Man Utd in the next few years? I don’t think so.
“He might not even be in the Champions League if he was to join. What is the real appeal? Is it salary? I don’t think he is that type.
“Van Persie jumped to a massive salary, but Man Utd are not the same calibre as what they were. Would he be the cutting edge to them?
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“Man Utd have other issues to address like Arsenal. If Arsenal were to get £100m for him to sign for Man Utd, I would take that.
“It will make them better, that is why they would pay big. Arsenal were the challengers to United for the title, but now neither of them are.
“Man Utd offer £100m for Aubameyang, sell him.”