Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang demanding over double Zlatan Ibrahimovic wages to join AC Milan

AC Milan are the latest European outfit to throw their hat in the ring for Arsenal outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but could be put off by his wage demands.

The 32-year-old has not kicked a ball competitively since December 6 during Arsenal’s humiliating 2-1 defeat by Everton at Goodison Park.

The Gabon international was stripped of the club captaincy just over a week later following his latest disciplinary breach and has been forced to train alone ever since.

As a result, the striker is rumoured to be keen on the idea of ending his Arsenal stay and finding a new challenge elsewhere but his potential new home remains unknown with less than a week of the January transfer window left.

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Pierre Emerick Aubameyang's days as an Arsenal player look numbered
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang’s days as an Arsenal player look numbered

Italian giants Milan are reportedly interested on bringing Aubameyang back to the San Siro 11 years after he first left, as per Football Italia.

Stefano Pioli’s side already have Olivier Giroud and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at their disposal but both have struggled to remain injury-free this term.

Their respective spells on the side-lines have led the Milan hierarchy to view Aubameyang as the ideal January signing to bolster their attacking options while in pursuit of a first Serie A title since 2011.

The striker’s jaw-dropping Arsenal wages could be a potential snag to any deal with Milan given he is currently on an eye-watering £350,000 per-week.

In contrast, Milan’s highest earner is a 40-year-old Ibrahimovic on £120,000-a-week.

Aubameyang’s representatives are expected to ask for at least double what Milan’s Swedish talisman is currently on to bring him back to the club that helped him make his name.

The former Borussia Dortmund man once donned the famous red and black shirt of the Rossoneri both as a youth prospect and a fully-fledged first team player.

It was while at Milan that a young Aubameyang started to enhance his reputation with some impressive outings for the club at youth level, the striker netting against every opponent Milan faced during the Champions Youth Cup of 2007.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is AC Milan's current highest earner
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is AC Milan’s current highest earner

Arsenal’s number 14 has also recently been the subject of offers from two Saudi clubs in Al-Nassr and Al-Hilal.

However, the prospect of playing for either is not one that captures Aubameyang’s imagination and as a result he is expected to remain in Europe.

If Milan can’t afford the forward, both Barcelona are Serie A rivals Juventus are rumoured to be waiting in the wings.

Arsenal, meanwhile, remain on the hunt for a solution to their own striking problems.

With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah both also nearing the Emirates exit, Arteta is desperate to bring in a forward of some description before the window’s close.

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