Arsenal reported to be tracking the progress of Ligue 1 star.
Arsenal are reportedly set to make a summer bid for St. Etienne’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang according to The Metro.
The player has been dubbed the ‘African Neymar’ after some scintillating performances in Ligue 1 this season.
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They have sent former midfielder Gilles Grimandi to monitor the player’s progress in recent weeks and the Arsenal scout has reportedly set back glowing reports about the Gabon hitman.
Aubameyang has hit 16 goals for his side this season and is developing a reputation as clinical finisher.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to add attacking reinforcements to his squad after seeing his side fall away in the race for a Champions League spot this season.
There is a feeling at the Emirates that the club have failed to properly replace Dutch striker Robin Van Persie after his departure for Manchester United, with replacements Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud failing to impress in their debut seasons.
St. Etienne are rumoured to want a fee in the region of £15 million but Arsenal are reluctant to pay that with the North London side valuing the player closer to the £10 million mark.
They may have little choice in the matter however as they are set to face competition for the player’s signature from the likes of Newcastle and Liverpool.