Manchester United have emerged as the favourites to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Premier League rivals Arsenal likely to be priced out of a move.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has been keeping track of the Gabon striker but is now in a position where he believes the Gunners can not afford him.
Having already scored 29 goals this season, Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel is expected to demand £70m for his signature this summer.
That would represent the vast majority of Arsenal's summer transfer budget and Wenger is keen to invest in a new defender and a midfielder as well. That is good news for the Red Devils, who are pushing ahead with summer recruitment plans despite uncertainty surrounding Louis van Gaal's future.
Whoever is in charge next season, that manager is likely to want a new world-class striker to arrive in the summer transfer window. While Marcus Rashford has impressed, the teenager is probably not the man to fire United to the Premier League title next season.
Manchester United have spent £250m on transfers since Sir Alex Ferguson left in 2013 with notable flops in the form of Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao. However, the money will not stop flowing this summer and Aubameyang's £70m price tag is not putting Ed Woodward off.
Interested in a move
Most encouragingly, the same report claims that Aubameyang is open to the idea of moving to Old Trafford and is ready to consider an offer. That is different from the widely held view that he is only interested in a move to La Liga.
If he does arrive, it will certainly be bad news for Rashford, who burst onto the scene with two goals against Arsenal last weekend.
While Manchester United would be keen to see the 18-year-old go on to become a first-team star, they also recognise the pressure from fans and sponsors to bring Europe's biggest names in via the transfer market.