New club enters Aubameyang race as Arsenal star's future takes another twist

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future remains a hot topic at Arsenal.

The Gabon international’s contract expires at the end of next season and there has been plenty of speculation surrounding his future.

The 31-year-old has been an integral member of Mikel Arteta’s squad, scoring 20 goals in all competitions this season, across 34 games.

Arsenal, of course, have endured a horrific season and currently lie in the bottom-half of the table.

They are 11th, five points behind seventh-placed Tottenham Hotspur and nine off fifth-placed Manchester United.

A fifth-placed finish could be enough to qualify for the Champions League, given Manchester City’s impending ban from next season’s competition.

There is a very real chance that Arsenal will fail to qualify for any form of European competition this season and that could play a key role in Aubameyang’s future.

Per Le10Sport, Juventus have now entered the race for his signature, making an enquiry surrounding his availability.

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Both Barcelona and Inter Milan are also said to be interested as the transfer window looms.

There are three European giants here, then, who could well take Aubameyang away from the north London club.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Aubameyang would be foolish to stay at Arsenal if they don’t qualify for a European competition.

He is no spring chicken and turned 31 earlier this month; he is at his peak, and he cannot afford to be outside of European competition.

Per Transfermarkt, he is valued at £50.4 million and one has to think that receiving such a fee for a player of his age would not be the worst thing for the Gunners.

At the same time, though, he needs to play in the Champions League at this stage of his career.

A switch, then, could be something of a win-win scenario, although Arsenal would be losing their focal point, their key goalscorer, and a player who has scored 61 goals in 99 games for the club.

It is a complicated situation, and it will only get more complex if the Gunners’ poor form continues.

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