Liverpool have been urged to avoid the signing of Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after the Sky Sports pundit declared the Gunners striker wouldn’t be a guaranteed started at Anfield.
Aubameyang, 31, could potentially leave Mikel Arteta’s team this summer with there still confusion regarding the Gabon international’s current contract situation.
The Arsenal skipper’s current deal is set to expire at the end of next season, meaning there is a real possibility that he could leave on a free transfer in just over 12 months time.
Indeed, Arsenal themselves are desperate to get the former Borussia Dortmund striker tied down to a new and improved contract, but Aubameyang is yet to have signed and it remains to be seen what his intentions are.
At 31, Aubameyang is in the latter stages of his peak and may understandably want to take up another challenge at a higher respective level.
The Gunners are currently ninth in the Premier League table and Aubameyang knows Arteta’s vision with the club is focussed on the long term which could indicate that the forward may have his imminent future elsewhere.
Jurgen Klopp has been recently tipped according to The Express to sign his former striker following Aubameyang’s spell under the German manager in the Bundesliga, but ex-Arsenal star Charlie Nicholas has urged Liverpool to avoid although the now-turned pundit is adamant that Liverpool themselves will not be interested in snapping up the north Londoner’s star player.
“I don’t see Liverpool or Man City signing him Would he get into Liverpool’s side? No,” he told Sky Sports.
“Manchester City could be an option if they were looking to replace Sergio Aguero.
“Would Aubameyang say that he has done Germany and England? Could it be time to move to Spain?
“He is a similar age to Thierry Henry when he went to Barcelona to play with Lionel Messi and Xavi, before winning titles and Champions Leagues.
“I could see him moving to the Nou Camp, but Real Madrid could also be an option.”
What RTK has to say
Nicholas is absolutely spot-on.
There is no way on earth that Liverpool would look to bring in a player of Aubameyang’s calibre and age to sit on the bench.
At 28, Liverpool’s current central attacking option Roberto Firmino not only is younger than the Arsenal man but better matches both Klopp’s philosophy and style of play.
It wouldn’t make sense for Liverpool to invest £50 million in a player that is in the latter stages of his career and a European superstar who will certainly not be interested in dropping his wages to secure a move to Anfield.
The Mail report he earns £198,000 per week at Arsenal plus a substantial goal bonus.
If Liverpool were to break the bank for the Arsenal man, his wages would likely increase which would disrupt the Reds’ current wage structure.
It’s just not a deal Liverpool would look to do for a player of his age when the club’s transfer policies are largely dictated by cost and plausibility.