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Gunners end Aubameyang talks

Arsenal have decided to end talks with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang about a contract extension.

The 30 year old’s current deal expires in June 2021, and, prior to the lockdown, the club had been keen to tie him down to a new long-term contract.

However, the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic have now changed the economic dynamics for the Gunners. Aubameyang is looking for an increase on his £200,000 a week wages, and that represents a major challenge for a club whose players last week became the first in the Premier League to agree a pay cut.

Giving one man more money when his teammates have agreed a 12.5% salary reduction does not only look bad, but is unlikely to do anything for dressing room harmony.

Arsenal are now ready to sell him instead rather than allow him to leave for free at the end of his contract. A host of clubs are interested in signing him, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona, although Inter Milan are believed to be the current favourites.

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