Reported Newcastle United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be on his way to Saudi Arabia.
According to CBS Sports, Saudi side Al Nassr have made an offer to take the Arsenal forward on loan for the rest of the season. And, most importantly for the Gunners, the offer includes an obligation to buy in the summer.
That could be perfect for Arsenal, as they look to get rid of their former captain and highest earner.
It could also be good news for Newcastle, as it would end all talk of a move to St James’ Park for the Gabon international.
Arsenal need to get rid of Aubameyang, but not to Newcastle
Aubameyang was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy late last year by manager Mikel Arteta. The forward returned late from a trip home, and hasn’t played for the club since.
It led to speculation that he would leave the Emirates in January. And like pretty much every player on the planet, he was linked with a move to St James’ Park.
The Mirror claimed that Newcastle were considering a loan approach for the 32-year-old. They added that the deal would include an option to buy Aubameyang for £20million in the summer.
While he’s an incredible player and a proven elite goalscorer, he’s not what Newcastle need at all.
His recent disciplinary problems could have been a recipe for disaster at a club that is fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table.
Aubameyang, like so many other names linked with Newcastle, is a luxury we just cannot accommodate right now. And that’s why talk of a move to Saudi Arabia is brilliant news.
While Newcastle are 80% owned by Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund, it’s a club from the same country that could ensure the Magpies don’t make a very expensive mistake.