As the Premier League and the 20 clubs competing in it prepare for a return to action behind closed doors next month, the time-frame of the upcoming transfer window remains undetermined. The extent of the financial consequences of the current situation, the effect that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on all clubs, is also yet to be fully felt.
One thing that remains unchanged is that Arsenal, like every other top club across Europe, continue to be linked with a large number of potential signings. However, Matt Law of The Telegraph claims that the Gunners, along with their fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur, wont have any money to spend on incoming transfers unless they sell some of their top stars.
The name of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stands out in that aspect. The Gabonese forward is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract with Arsenal, and we are yet to see an encouraging report that him signing a new deal will happen. Unless it happens soon, the club could be forced to sell in order to avoid losing his services for free next year. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan have all been reported to be keeping an eye on the situation.
Given the impact he has had on this Arsenal team since his arrival to the Emirates in January 2018, losing Aubameyang would undoubtedly represent a huge blow for Mikel Arteta’s plans. He would have to be replaced, of course, but it stands to reason to assume that a new player would need time to adapt, regardless of the talent he may possess.
But if Aubameyang refuses to sign a new contract and decides he wants to leave, then a sale would be the reasonable thing to do, whatever happens afterwards. All Arsenal can do is demand a decent fee, reinvest the money they receive into a worthy replacement and hope for the best.
Meanwhile, if Law is right in his reckoning, Spurs are likely to remain completely silent in the market. Though England captain Harry Kane has hinted more than once at considering a future elsewhere, Daniel Levy isn’t expected to accept a reduced fee for their main striker, regardless of the financial situation of any potential suitor. The Spurs chairman is also adamant that the club’s record signing Tanguy Ndombele won’t be allowed to leave after only one season.