Arsenal ready to launch massive January bid for Bundesliga versatile attacker

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on Arsenal’s list of possible replacements for Alexis Sanchez, according to reports.

Chele international is out of the deal in the summer when he can leave the Emirates for nothing, and Arsenal’s boss Wenger frequently looks likely to cash in on the former Barcelona man now notwithstanding earlier being settled he would not be sold.

Arsenal’s favoured choice to replace Sanchez is Bordeaux’s Brazilian sensation Malcom, but Gianluca Di Marzio is now reporting that Aubameyang is also on their radar.

The Gunners are believed to have registered a meeting to discuss a potential £44 million deal for Malcom, who new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat tried to sign for Borussia Dortmund last summer.

However, a deal for Malcom would be easier to tie up in the summer, so Arsenal have drawn up a list of alternatives that includes Aubameyang.

The Gabon international was signed from Saint-Etienne by Mislintat in 2013 and has scored 98 goals in 143 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund since then.

Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a £63.5m transfer to China, though the deal is not yet finished and the striker is unwilling to move to the Far East – he even rejected a contract offer worth £26m a year after tax last summer.