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Barca lead Madrid in race for Aubameyang

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Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s childhood club Real Madrid are in the hunt for his signature, according to the Daily Star.

The newspaper claims that the Gabon international supported Zinedine Zidane’s side as a youngster, and that Madrid are interested in potentially bringing him in next summer.

Meanwhile, Spanish champions Barcelona also have the 30-year-old on a long list of transfer targets, as they look to eventually replace 33-year-old Luis Suarez.

And despite Aubameyang’s Madrid infatuation, it’s Barca who are thought to be more likely to sign the Arsenal captain next summer.

How can Arsenal keep Aubameyang around?

It certainly seems that the Gunners are going to find it very difficult to keep their top players, particularly Aubameyang. The Star’s report states that the club have tried to initiate talks over a new contract, but that he hasn’t been very receptive thus far. Arsenal fear that he doesn’t want to commit while Unai Emery is still manager.

So the obvious solution would be to get rid of Emery, of course. You can’t make that decision based on one player, but the fact that the team are doing so poorly makes replacing the Spaniard a bit of a no-brainer.

Having said that, keeping Aubameyang away from Madrid and Barcelona will be extremely difficult anyway, and whoever the manager is at the Emirates Stadium might not matter too much.

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