Real Madrid ‘set Arsenal June 15 transfer deadline for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer as club eye swap deal involving Dani Ceballos’
- Real Madrid wants to close a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang within a few weeks
- The Arsenal captain’s current deal with the Emirates will expire in June 2021
- Madrid would like a cash-plus-player deal with midfielder Dani Ceballos
- Ceballos spent the season on a rental basis with Arsenal, but struggled for playing time
Real Madrid has reportedly set a June 15 deadline for Arsenal to close a deal to sign Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Madrid likes to sign the striker, who will have no contract at the end of next season and seems ready to leave the club in search of Champions League football.
Arsenal are currently ninth in the Premier League table, Chelsea’s 18 points adrift in fourth place, and could even miss Europa League football.
Real Madrid has set a deadline of June 15 for Arsenal to close a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gunners captain has no contract at the end of next season and is expected to continue
Madrid plans to use Dani Ceballos as makeweight in a player-plus-cash deal for Aubameyang
That gives Madrid confidence that they can draw Aubameyang with The this summer Mirror that they would like to make a deal within a few weeks.
If Madrid doesn’t, the club has told Arsenal they will pursue other goals as they offer to add much needed firepower to a squad without goals.
Zinedine Zidane’s team scored only 49 goals this season in 27 La Liga matches and have only one reliable striker in Karim Benzema, who has scored 14 of their league goals.
Madrid hopes to use midfielder Dani Ceballos, who spent the season on a rental basis with Arsenal, as a bargaining chip in negotiations.
Aubameyang would like to play Champions League football that Arsenal cannot offer
Despite Aubameyang’s 17 Premier League goals, Arsenal ranks ninth in the table
Ceballos impressed in the early weeks of the season with its transient reach and pace of work, but was inconsistent throughout much of the campaign.
The Spaniard has played 24 games in all the club’s leagues, but may not have done enough to get Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta to turn his loan into a permanent deal.
Failure to do so could put pressure on the talks between Madrid and Arsenal about Aubameyang and force the Spanish club to pay a higher fee.
Madrid is also likely to face competition for the Gabon international, with Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan all considering a switch.