Arsenal offered Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic in swap deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gunners skipper will be free to leave the club for nothing in just 18 months (Picture: Getty)

Real Madrid are ready to try and tempt Arsenal into selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer window and will offer Luka Jovic as part of the deal, according to reports.

The Gabon striker is Arsenal’s top scorer this season – netting 12 times in all competitions – and has been prolific for the club ever since moving to north London from Borussia Dortmund.

However, both Aubameyang and strike partner Alexandre Lacazette will be out of contract in the summer of 2020, when they will be free to leave the club for nothing.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang is out of contract in 18 months and yet to sign an extension (Picture: Reuters)

According to Duncan Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast, Aubameyang has been stalling on signing a new deal and that has prompted interest from Real Madrid.

The Spanish giants, who are keen to bolster their frontline, believe he may be available – either now or in the summer – with Arsenal having previously stressed that they would not allow players to run down their contracts, as happened with Aaron Ramsey.

Real bosses have spoken to Aubameyang’s representatives to see if he would be interested in moving to the Bernabeu and have floated the idea of using Jovic as bait to land the striker.

Former Frankfurt frontman Jovic only arrived at Real in the summer, costing £58million, but has struggled to settle in the Spanish capital, scoring just once.

He joined the club with a reputation as one of Europe’s hottest young talents, though, having scored 27 times last season and capturing attention with his performances in the Europa League – with Arsenal credited with interest at the time.

Real Madrid's Luke Jovic offered to Arsenal
Jovic has struggled to settle at Real since leaving Frankfurt in the summer (Picture: Getty)

Real believe offering Jovic to Arsenal will benefit both parties, with the Gunners landing a hugely talented young forward and not being held hostage to Aubameyang’s contract situation – while they would also reduce their wage bill.

Any deal is dependant on Aubameyang and whether he definitely will not extend his Arsenal contract, but he is believed to be waiting to see who will be appointed as the club’s new manager before making a final decision.

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