Zinedine Zidane has told Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he is a transfer target for Real Madrid this summer, but the Gabon international is reportedly not the Spanish giants’ priority.
Zidane is in the market to sign a replacement for Luka Jovic, who has disappointed in his first season in Madrid, scoring just two goals.
Jovic has emerged as a summer target for Arsenal and Chelsea, with Mikel Arteta keen on the Serbia forward, and Aubameyang could end up going in the opposite direction.
However, Aubameyang – who is out of contract at the end of next season – is not Zidane’s top transfer target, according to the Express.
The Real Madrid manager would prefer to add Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland to his squad, while Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is considered to be more of a priority than Aubameyang.
Aubameyang’s contract situation has seen him attract attention from Barcelona and Manchester United as well, and his impressive 20-goal return in all competitions this season makes him an attractive proposition.
Arsenal are thought to be considering cashing in for £50million and know if they don’t sell him this summer, they risk losing him for free next year.
Zidane would consider signing him if a deal for Haaland – who only joined Dortmund in January – or Mane, who Liverpool would be reluctant to sell, was unattainable and Aubameyang may prove to be an easier transfer to get over the line.