Manchester City are reportedly ready to walk away from any deal to sign Harry Kane and instead turn their attention to Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
According to the Daily Mirror, City will make a final attempt to persuade Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to allow the England striker to move north, but if that proves unsuccessful, manager Pep Guardiola could turn his attention towards Aubameyang.
The Gunners have spent heavily over the summer and Aubameyang, who wasn’t including in the Arsenal squad to face Brentford on the opening day of the season, may now be surplus to requirements at the Emirates.
The Gabon striker came on as a 61st minute substitution during Arsenal’s 2-0 home defeat to Chelsea and has been tipped to become the latest Arsenal player to ditch North London for Manchester.
Aubameyang has scored 85 goals for the Gunners since joining them from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 and could be available for as little as £45m.
The blues have been linked with a number of alternatives to Kane, with Fiorentina’s Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic reportedly a target. However, interest in the striker looks to have gone cold and Guardiola may prefer an available striker with proven Premier League experience...and Aubameyang fits that bill.
At 6’2”, the Arsenal man would certainly be a big presence in opposition boxes and would be a decent target man for City’s wingers.
With 8 days until the transfer window slams shut, City will need to pick up the pace if they are to avoid playing another season without a recognised striker.
What do you think? Is Aubameyang the man to lead City’s front line, or should they hold out for Kane?