Arsenal set deadline for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign new contract

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is contemplating his future
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is contemplating his future (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal will listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the forward refuses to commit his future to the club before the end of the season.

The Gunners are desperate to sign the Gabon striker up to a new long-term deal with his current one set to expire in 2021.

Negotiations over an extension started over six months ago but the club have made little progress and are understandably worried about Aubameyang winding his deal down given their £58m investment in the forward in 2018.

Aubameyang, though, is unwilling to extend his deal while there’s so much uncertainty at the Emirates. The club are currently just five points above the drop zone and have managed just one point in two matches under interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Aubameyang has 18 months remaining on his deal
Aubameyang has 18 months remaining on his deal (Picture: Getty)

However, in a possible attempt to apply some pressure to Aubameyang, Arsenal have reportedly decided that they will set a deadline of the end of the season for the striker to sign a new deal according to the Daily Mail.

Should Aubameyang not commit his future, he’ll have one year remaining on his deal and Arsenal will listen to offers for the former Dortmund ace.

Arsenal have similar fears over strike partner Alexandre Lacazette but there’s less urgency over his situation given the Frenchman has an extra year to run on his deal.

The Gunners are currently searching for a long-term successor for Unai Emery and Brendan Rodgers’ decision to sign a new deal at Leicester came as a blow.

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has ruled out taking over during the season, while Mikel Arteta is torn between staying at Manchester City or trying his hand at management.

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