Arsenal set initial £56m price tag for Man United-bound superstar

Arsenal are open to cashing in on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but will demand at least £56 million for the centre-forward.

The striker ended up sharing the Golden Boot in his first full campaign in the Premier League by netting 22 goals for Arsenal, while he scored another eight times in the Europa League.

But the Gunners’ campaign ended badly as Unai Emery’s team were beaten by rivals Chelsea in the Europa League final, meaning that they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

That setback has restricted the summer transfer budget as the club have £45 million to spend and need to cash in on several first-team players if they want to boost their funds.

The Gunners have made Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil available but both players have not attracted any interest.

The North London club would also consider selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but their initial asking price would be £56 million – which is what they paid to sign the 30-year-old from Borussia Dortmund back in January 2018.

Earlier this month, the Gabon international was linked with a shock move to rivals Manchester United, while reports in Italy claimed this week that he had ‘agreed’ a switch to the Theatre of Dreams.

Arsenal are also looking to raise their funds as they are keen to complete a deal for Wilfried Zaha, who is valued at £80 million by Crystal Palace, while the Eagles are also reluctant to cash in on their star player after agreeing a £50 million deal with Manchester United for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.