Real Madrid are set to enter the transfer market to find an alternative to Luka Jovic, who has scored just twice in 24 appearances since his £50m move from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The form of the 22-year-old means that pressure remains on the shoulders of veteran Karim Benzema, who will turn 33 later this year.
Reports have now claimed that there are two names that come above Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on their list of preferred new forwards, with another Premier League star set to see his loyalty tested.
That update could come as a blow to the former Milan forward, who has previously outlined his desire to play for Los Blancos at some point in his career.
The Express have reported that as well as Borussia Dortmund’s highly rated 19-year-old Erling Haaland, Liverpool hero Sadio Mane could be the subject of a summer move.
That duo leaves Aubameyang as a third-choice option, which will come as good news to both Gunners fans and Mikel Arteta.
However, the report adds that both Barcelona and Manchester United are monitoring the situation of the 30-year-old, who is yet to agree on a new deal at the Emirates.
Arsenal are said to have slapped a price-tag of £50m on their skipper having brought him for £56m back in 2018, having managed 61 goals in 96 appearances since.
Arteta said when asked what will help convince Aubameyang to remain at the club for next season: “Hopefully not just the wins, but as well what we are trying to do.
“That he really enjoys on the pitch every time he goes, that he feels very much part of what we’re trying to build here. And I think he’s with that mindset at the moment.
“I think it’s been tough for him. You know a player like him, there’s been a lot of disappointments in the last few months and years because he has big expectations.
“You know he wants to play for the biggest club in the biggest tournaments, and be up there with the best players in the world.
“And we have to try to support him and give him everything at the club so he really feels fulfilled here. That’s the challenge I have.”
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is set to give the player more time to consider his options, with the stance of Real Madrid making his stance at the Emirates more secure.
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