Arsenal started negotiations with 24-year-old Ligue 1 goal machine

The London giants have stepped up their interest in Amiens centre-forward Serhou Guirassy as the uncertainty over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future at Arsenal continues. The 30-year-old striker has only 14 months to run on his existing contract at the Emirates Stadium, and he’s rejected the Gunners latest offer over an extension.

Gunners preference stay to keep Auba, but if he intimates once and for all that he will not sign a new contract, then Arsenal will be forced to listen to offers for him this summer. The situation has just added to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the club and football as a whole, with Arteta unsure what his budget will be this summer.

That’s forced Gunners to explore all possible options, and as they face up to the possibility of losing their captain, Mikel is looking for replacements for Gabon international. U20 France international is now a viable target after catching the eye of club scouts with four goals in 12 games in Ligue 1 this term.

Mikel Arteta wants to strengthen the front-line during the summer transfer window. Serhou would be an affordable replacement, particularly with the French club seeking extra funds after the premature ending of Ligue 1 resulted in the club being relegated.

It’s claimed Guirassy’s intermediary Mark McKay has been ‘sounding out’ interest from clubs in England over a move to England and Gunners could fave competition from Everton and West Ham. Gunners chief Raul Sanllehi has suggested that there will be very few big-money deals in the next transfer window due to the financial implications of the covid19 crisis.