Manchester United have had a mixed summer so far, but with the days ticking by until the closer of the transfer window and the start of the Premier League season, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is stepping up his efforts to improve his squad. Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have already arrived for a combined £65million, but the Red Devils are hoping to spend a similar amount on a new striker from a Premier League rival.
Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is that man, and reports in Italy suggest a bid of £62million has been launched for the Gabonese frontman.
Though the Gunners are unlikely to want to sell him anyway, let alone to a direct threat to their hopes of a top four finish and a return to the Champions League next season, it has been reported that they have a rather meagre transfer budget of £45million, and Solskjær may be looking to play on that by testing their resolve for Aubameyang, who was joint top scorer in England’s top flight with 22 strikes last season.
But at the age of 30, Aubameyang does not fit the profile of players targeted by United this summer, and they have their own strikers to offload before the window slams shut on August 8th. Italian giants Inter remain huge admirers of Romelu Lukaku, who is also keen on the move to Serie A to play for Antonio Conte at San Siro, and though they are struggling to meet United’s £75million valuation of the Belgian, they are still in talks and attempting to broker a deal. Paul Pogba is also set for the Old Trafford exit door, according to reports, as he attempts to force through a move to former club Juventus.
Whether Aubameyang ends up following Robin Van Persie and Alexis Sanchez in making the switch from North London to Manchester remains to be seen. Though the former’s move was successful, as he led United to the 2012/13 Premier League title, the latter has really struggled to make any sort of impact 18 months after joining United.