Premier League trio face Roma fight in race for £10m Ligue 1 hitman

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Premier League clubs face a transfer battle with Roma for the signature of Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang.

The highly-rated 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from St Etienne, with a number of clubs in England and across Europe keen on the Gabon hitman.

Sky Sports reports that Manchester City were in pole position to land the player, with manager Roberto Mancini in the market for a striker.

The Citizens aren’t light of options in attack, with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Carlos Tevez all vying for first team opportunities at the Etihad Stadium.

However, Mario Balotelli’s exit in the January transfer window has opened up a possible space, and Aubamayang was amongst the targets linked with filling the gap.

Arsenal, meanwhile, were linked with a £10million move for the player last week, with The Daily Mail claiming Arsene Wenger was set to go head-to-head with Newcastle for the player.

The Gunners are short of forwards, with Olivier Giroud the only central striker available at the Emirates Stadium.

And, Aubamayang would follow a long line of players swapping Ligue 1 for Arsenal if he were to make the move to north London.

The Daily Mail also reported back in March that Chelsea had joined the race to sign the African ace.

The Blues sent scouts to watch the player in action during a 2-2 draw with Rennes, although a move to Stamford Bridge would pose a number of conundrums for the player.

Most notably, who would be his manager, with Chelsea interim chief Rafa Benitez set to leave the west London club at the end of the current campaign.

If the Blues, or any Premier League club, want to land the player, they’ll now have to move quickly, after father and representative Pierre Aubame confirmed Roma are ready to meet his asking price.

"Roma are ready to meet the price set by St Etienne, which is between €12m and €15m (£10.2m and £12.7m)," he told the press in Gabon.

With St Etienne manager Christophe Galtier confirming he’s ready to lose the player at the end of the season, the transfer battle looks set to continue for the player in the coming months.

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