Arsenal are yet to agree a contract extension for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as well as a loan extension for Cedric Soares to enable him to finish the season at the Emirates, according to reports.
Aubameyang is probably the hottest subject regarding the Gunners and their potential transfers. The captain is under contract until next summer, and plenty of speculative reports have suggested that his decision on whether to extend the deal would depend on whether Mikel Arteta’s team manage to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Meanwhile, the club are believed to planning to sell him this summer if an agreement cannot be found, in order to avoid losing him for free.
Speaking to Telefoot (via Sky Sports), the forward, who will turn 31 in a few days, said that he has had ‘exchanges’ with the clubs on the subject in the last couple of months, but he is yet to receive a concrete offer of a new deal to mull over. When that happens, he will see. At the moment, he claims he hasn’t made any decision.
The outcome of the Aubameyang business may have an impact on what happens with Alexandre Lacazette, with other reports claiming the Frenchman could be made available for sale, with Atletico Madrid interested, if Aubameyang puts his name on the dotted line.
Meanwhile, Cedric could leave the Emirates at the end of this month without a single appearance for Arsenal if something isn’t done quickly. That is when his loan expires, and while many loanees across the Premier League have already agreed deals to finish the season where they are, it hasn’t yet happened here.
Arsenal are apparently keen to get it sorted, but Cedric is still thinking about it. His contract with his parent club Southampton expires too and he is eyeing a transfer as a free agent, a plan that could be spoiled if he was to pick up another injury in the final matches of the campaign.