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Real Madrid held negotiations with €70m-rated Arsenal centre-forward

Gunners striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pulled out of contract negotiations with the London club in more bad news for interim boss Freddie Ljungberg. Gabon international is reported to have pulled out of contract talks ahead of the Arsenal’s clash against West Ham United on Monday evening.

The London club have now gone nine games without a win, and their centre-forward could be trying to force through a move to Real Madrid. Pierre-Emerick has made no secret of his favour toward the Spanish club and revealed earlier in his career that he promised his grandfather that he would play for Real Madrid at some point.

The potential switch has moved a step forward with Auba growing ‘fed up’ with Gunners’ failure to challenge for silverware. The 30-year-old striker has 18 months left on his current deal having joined from Borussia Dortmund for nearly £60m in 2018.

The former AC Milan and Saint-Etienne centre-forward has scored 42 goals in 57 Gunners starts which has left the biggest teams in Europe keen, as the London club sit 10 points behind the top four.

Gunners are now said to be willing to consider a deal to sell the 30-year-old striker if they can recoup the bulk of the fee they shelled out for him almost two years ago. Earlier in the campaign, Gabonese centre-forward spoke about his plans for the future, but those could have been impacted by the sacking of the Spanish tactician last month.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said: “I feel that we can change something in this club and we will try. Now it’s time to win trophies.“