You know the sound a star makes when it explodes deep in space? Well that’s the same sound that was made here on Earth when Arsenal let it be known they would listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. That’s right, the rumour is that absolutely no one is interested in buying the Gabon striker, at least not at the price Arsenal are hoping for and the salary he gets.
It’s a shame. Aubameyang is a wonderful player when on song and it’s no fun to see him wither at a club to which he no longer seems suited. He’s 32 and the two remaining years on his contract could be awkward for all concerned if things don’t get sorted. Manchester City, this is your chance to do some good! Sign Aubameyang for about a 10th of the price that Spurs are demanding for Kane. It makes sense. Ideally for those of us in the news and views industry, Arsenal would then go and pay £150m to lure Kane to his boyhood club, but we have to accept that’s an unlikely outcome.
How about Aubameyang staying at Arsenal and regaining his best form, is that an unlikely outcome? If so, why, Mikel Arteta, why? The Mill doesn’t get it, reader, and we want answers. Pierre-Emerick, please feel free to drop us an email.
Another striker who may or may not be leaving Arsenal is Eddie Nketiah, who has attracted the attention of Crystal Palace. Patrick Vieira’s people are said to be preparing a bid of about £10m, which is about half of Arsenal’s valuation for a player they rarely use.
Speaking of players Arsenal rarely use, Lucas Torreira is close to Fiorentina. The Mill isn’t sure what that means exactly – is he canoeing in the Ligurian Sea? – but apparently he’ll soon be turning out for that club. And Willian is edging closer to Corinthians, who, along with a series of disappointing performances, have managed to persuade Arsenal to let the player leave for free.
Lastly, Kieran Trippier will also be leaving Arsenal: the only question is when? Some time after they sign him, obviously, and Arteta still hopes he can prise the full-back from Atlético Madrid this summer.
And now comes the big question of the day: why the hell did the Mill begin by probing Arsenal woes when reports in France are claiming that Paris Saint-Germain are planning to replace Kylian Mbappé with Richarlison?! It’s a good question, reader, and the Mill can only offer sloppiness and dullness as explanations. But look at our honesty, you can’t fault that.
Anyway, the story is that Real Madrid are preparing an offer for Mbappé, who doesn’t want to sign a new deal at PSG, where his current contract expires next season. If the offer is good enough, PSG may choose to let Mbappé go rather than lose him for free next season. And if that happens, they should make a move for Richarlison, at least that is the view of none other than Neymar, who is said to be lobbying PSG to make it happen. The Mill likes to think that Lionel Messi is equally excited.
Less amazing news from France concerns Lyon’s Maxwell Cornet, who is being pursued by Burnley and Newcastle, and Lille’s Jonathan Bamba, who’s being eyed up by West Ham.
Back in England, Leicester could be about to complicate matters for Spurs by joining the race for Adama Traoré. But who’s to say Traoré wouldn’t turn down all those clubs if Wolves buy Kieffer Moore for him to cross to? Leicester are also said to be interested in Middlesbrough’s right-back Djed Spence.
But Richarlison to PSG in place of Mbappé, reader, that’s the one.