Real Madrid have given Arsenal a deadline of June 15th to decide whether they are willing to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to them.
The current Arsenal captain is out of contract at the Emirates next summer and, although he has been offered a new deal, is not expected to sign it.
Unwilling to repeat previous mistakes, Arsenal would rather sell him than allow him to leave for free in a year’s time, and £30 million may be enough to convince them to make a deal.
Real are unlikely to have the field to themselves in a bid to sign him. Barcelona were tracking his situation in January, and Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United retain an interest.
Elsewhere, Inter Milan and Atlético Madrid are potential bidders as well.
However, Real want a decision from Arsenal by mid-June or they will look elsewhere. And one possible option to sweeten the deal for the Gunners is to offer on-loan Dani Ceballos in part exchange for the striker.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.