Real Madrid are prepared to try and tempt Arsenal into selling Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the January transfer market and will offer Luka Jovic as part of the deal, according to the latest reports.
The Gabon striker is the club’s top scorer this season – netting 12 times across all competitions – and has been prolific for the club ever since switching to north London from Borussia Dortmund.
However, both Pierre-Emerick and strike partner Alexandre Lacazette will be out of contract in the summer of 2020, when the club will be free to leave the club for free.
According to Duncan Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast, Pierre-Emerick has been stalling on signing a fresh deal and that has prompted interest from Real Madrid.
The Spanish heavyweights, who are keen to bolster their frontline, believe he may be available – either in the winter or in the summer – with Arsenal having previously stressed that they wouldn’t allow players to run down their contracts, as happened with Wales international Aaron Ramsey.
Los Blancos bosses have spoken to Aubameyang’s agents to see if he would be interested in moving to the Santiago Bernabeu and have floated the idea of using Jovic as bait to sign the striker.
Former Frankfurt frontman Jovic only arrived at the Galacticos in the summer, costing £58 million, but has struggled to settle in the team, scoring just once.
He joined the club with a reputation as one of the continent’s hottest young talents, though, having scored 27 times last campaign and capturing attention with his performances in the UEFA Europa League – with Arsenal credited with interest at the time.