A report in The Sun this week has linked Manchester United with a move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. We are not buying in.

The headline claims: “Man Utd ‘circling’ around Aubameyang as Solskjaer eyes £50m transfer to take advantage of Arsenal contract running down”

Aubameyang is a player with a top goalscoring record, he has netted 17 in the Premier League this season including the equaliser against United at Old Trafford.

He’s a good player, one we could have signed years ago instead of moving for Romelu Lukaku. Right now, he does not seem like the right player for us.

And that’s setting aside how sceptical we need to be about the veracity of these reports. Barcelona, Chelsea, and Liverpool are all also linked with the striker. It seems like his agent is hard at work.


Here is a look at three reasons why Aubameyang is not right for United.

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Wrong character

Aubameyang was made Arsenal captain just last November. Immediately reports surfaced saying he wanted to quit.

He is supposed to be one of the leaders in that dressing room, yet all we are hearing is his name being linked with another club. Sport claimed he tried to force a move to Barcelona in January.

At Dortmund he was regarded as a distraction behind the scenes by the club’s hierarchy.

Perhaps his reputation is unfair, but this is the type of aggravation United need to deal without, amid a similar situation already with Paul Pogba.

United want to sign players who want to play for the club. If Aubameyang did sign, it feels like the move would be money motivated, or simply because the team might be able to offer him a level which Arsenal can’t if we secure a top four place.

It’s not what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to build. He wants players who are in it for the club, not themselves.

Age and wage profile not suited

Aubameyang turns 31 in June. It’s the same with Odion Ighalo. But the difference is, the Arsenal striker would cost nearly five times the amount Ighalo would.

It’s dangerous investing £50 million in a 31-year-old, and unlike Ighalo, Aubemeyang would not take a drop in wages to make it happen.

The Mail report he earns £198,000 per week at Arsenal plus a subsantial goal bonus.

He would be looking for at minimum, equal to this, and likely an increase. That’s just not a deal United would now look to do for a player of his age, when one of the club’s primary financial objectives is the trim the wage bill.

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Nervous sellers, and buyers

Arsenal do not like to do business with United. It has backfired on them spectacularly in the past.

The club took a barracking from their own fans and pundit when they sold us Robin van Persie, and the reaction was understandable. They gave us a league title on a plate.

They did do business for Alexis Sanchez six years on, but they are still feeling the blow back from this themselves, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan still on their books, as an unwanted and high wage loanee.

Arsenal know that Aubameyang’s goal record makes him more likely to humiliate them like Van Persie if he moves to a rival, and they will be reluctant to do business with United.

The Red Devils too should be wary of another Sanchez repeat, especially with misgivings about high wages and character concerns.

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