Manchester United Want Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang To Replace Romelu Lukaku And Are Preparing £70m Bid

Manchester United are preparing to make an audacious move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Romelu Lukaku's future remains uncertain.

According to talkSPORT's Andy Goldstein, the Red Devils are interested in the Arsenal superstar and are preparing to launch a bid of £70m.

"I've got someone on the inside, not at United by the way, someone on the inside who every so often would tell me transfer gossip," he said.

"I would say he has a hit-ratio of about, quite high, 75-25. He's told me quite a few that have happened. Not just at United but other clubs as well.

"He told me about Anthony Martial, which I tweeted, I think, two days before United even approached.

"It was one of them 'How do you know?' -- one of those. He has told me that United are interested in Aubameyang."

Aubameyang, 30, has two years remaining on his current contract with Arsenal and has attracted interest from a Chinese Super League side.

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Credit: PA

But Goldstein likened the Gabonese striker's position to Robin van Persie when he made the switch from the Gunners to the Red Devils in 2012.

"He's got two years left on his deal, he is [30] years old, he is the finished article. United did something similar with [Robin] van Persie, Romelu Lukaku isn't doing it for Ole Gunnar [Solskjær], I'm led to believe," he added.

"Do you want to know the number I'm being told? How much?

"I think it's crazy money for a [30]-year-old, two years left on his deal, scores goals, finished article.

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Credit: PA

"[£70m] is what I'm being told. There's a first offer. He's only got two years left and in a year's time he can go.

"If you're at Arsenal and you're in roughly the same sort of place as United at the moment and United come in for you, where would you go?

"I think he fits quite well [at United].

"I'm not saying it's going to happen, but the person who told me as I said is a 75-25."

Solskjær is keen to add another forward to his side if Lukaku leaves Old Trafford in the summer.

The 26-year-old Belgian striker has been linked with a move to Inter Milan and has spoken highly about club boss Antonio Conte.

But a deal has stalled as United are holding out for £80m for Lukaku.

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Adnan Riaz

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