Arsenal transfer news: Real Madrid want Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and could offer James Rodriguez in exchange for striker – reports

5 Nov

Real Madrid are reportedly on the lookout for Arsenal hotshot Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Spanish giants have made an indifferent start to the 2019/20 season despite spending big on the likes of forwards Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic over the summer.

Could Aubameyang become a Galactico?
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They are joint-top of LaLiga alongside rivals Barcelona with 22 points after eleven games.

In the Champions League they are in a group which also includes Club Brugge and Galatasaray, but are second after failing to beat the Belgian side at home while also suffering a 3-0 humiliation at Paris Saint-Germain.

And club president Florentino Perez has identified Real’s attack as an area which must be strengthened with Spanish outlet El Desmarque claiming Los Blancos are considering an offer for Aubameyang, which would set them back around £69million (€80m).

However, the report adds that Real could offer outcast midfielder James Rodriguez to Arsenal in exchange to bring Aubameyang’s price down.

Rodriguez is not rated by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane
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The two clubs have done business together in recent times, with midfielder Dani Ceballos moving to north London on loan for the season from the Bernabeu earlier this year.

Aubameyang, 30, has been the Gunners’ main source of goals and has arguably been their best player since he joined from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

He netted his 50th Arsenal goal during their draw against Wolves last weekend in what was the Gabon international’s 78th appearance for the club.

But Aubameyang has not played in the Champions League for Arsenal so Real could use the promise of that competition to prise him away.

Arsenal are currently fifth in the Premier League table but are six points off a place in the top four.

The likes of Chelsea and Leicester look in a much stronger position than the Gunners, who have had a number of setbacks this season already.

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