In football it’s natural to look for recent examples of similar transfers when trying to decide if something will work out, but the ghost of Emmanuel Adebayor looms large here.
Man City went through a phase of taking players from Arsenal, with Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Samir Nasri and Adebayor all making the move north.
They had mixed levels of success, but the striker will always be remembered for that celebration where he ran the length of the pitch just to celebrate in front of his old fans.
The Express have linked City with a move for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but you have to think he would be a better signing than Adebayor was.
They state that Arsenal may be forced to take around £50m for him this summer to avoid losing him for free next summer, although the player isn’t looking to force his way out of the club.
The link comes from Charlie Nicholas stating that City should make a move for him, so it’s hard to tell if there’s likely to be any bid from the club after this.
It’s also hard to see where he would fit in an City if Sergio Aguero is still there next season. The Argentine is the undisputed starter and Pep Guardiola rarely goes with two up front, so Aubameyang would probably need to accept a back up role.
It’s easy to see why the link was made, but it’s hard to see anything actually coming of this.
Nicholas told Sporting Life: “I do not think Aubameyang is seeking to leave. He is a superstar at Arsenal. He was only a star at Dortmund.
“If he is thinking about leaving, are Manchester United going to give you more opportunities as it stands? I do not think so. Would he get into Liverpool’s side? No. Manchester City could be an option so that he could replace Sergio Aguero, but the only alternatives are two giants of Spain, but I do not think he is that type.
“If it was City or the two giants, I would accept it, but the rest I cannot be convinced that he would be guaranteed game time.
“The signs are still promising, but the weakness of Arsenal to deliver contracts is what terrifies me more than anything. My gut feeling is that he will be sold to allow the restructure of Mikel Arteta’s team.”