€70m-rated striker preparing to leave Arsenal during the summer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to leave the London club in the summer, while the PL club are also braced for bids for Bernd Leno and Alexandre Lacazette. Gabon international has developed into one of the London club’s most prominent figures since signing from Borussia Dortmund in 2018, scoring 57 goals in 92 games.

Pierre-Emerick was named Gunners new captain in November following Granit Xhaka’s axing but is still being heavily linked with a summer move. Aubameyang will have only a year remaining on his current deal come to the end of the campaign and Gunners, reluctant to lose him for nothing in 2021, may decide to sell.

London club also expect to receive offers for shot-stopper Leno and centre-forward Lacazette. Germany international has impressed mainly at the London club following his £23m move from Bayer Leverkusen two years ago and it is claimed the goalkeeper is attracting ‘big interest’ ahead of the summer.

France international, meanwhile, wants to be playing UCL football so will likely push for a move unless the Gunners somehow qualifies for the competition. Despite Auba nearing the end of his deal, Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes his former club should keep hold of the striker even if it means losing him for free in 12 months.

‘If I was Gunners I would keep him and tell him to give us what they can next season, get us back in the UCL and then you can go for free,’ Paul said. ‘It’s hard to buy goals, and this guy is a natural goal-scorer. It’s hard to buy that.