Juventus have identified Arsenal striker and captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to replace the outgoing Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to The Mirror, the Bianconeri are in the market for a striker as they consider selling the Portuguese superstar, who has strongly been linked with a move to Manchester City.
The exit of Ronaldo would see Juve’s highest earner leave the club and free up a significant chunk of salary which could be used to identify an experienced replacement.
The Gunners captain was ruled out of the club’s opening two Premier League games before netting a hat-trick in Wednesday’s six-goal EFL Cup victory at West Brom.
A report from TuttoMercatoWeb now claims that the Gabonese striker has been identified by Juve, who are keen to secure a striking replacement to compensate for Ronaldo’s impending exit.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta already rebuffed reports earlier this week that Aubameyang would be allowed to depart this summer – amid suggestions that Man City would move for the striker following their failed pursuit of Harry Kane.
It has now transpired that City are moving for Ronaldo, while the Old Lady’s attentions may now switch to Aubameyang.
Asked this week if any club would try to sign the striker this month, Arteta replied: “I don’t know. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is our player and he will remain here.
“I don’t know (if any player will leave). We haven’t had a situation but probably that question is more for (technical director) Edu and the board.”
Ahead of the win at West Brom, Arteta also spoke of the significance of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to the team: “That’s really good news because we really need them.
“We know that a big part of what we want to do, as I’ve mentioned before, is going to be determined in the boxes and these are the two players that have the biggest goal threat in the team.
“They are both so important to us as they are able to put that ball in the net. We need them firing, we need them at their best and the team has to help them to deliver that.
“I think we sometimes get really carried away because of the youth, the quality and the talent and the potential that we have through the squad, but the ones that are going to determine our success and who have to lead our success are the senior players.
“These are the ones who have to drive everybody else and then our young players and our development players, they have to be adding to that.
“The base and the foundation should be giving them that. They have that responsibility and hopefully, when we have all the players back fit and healthy, they will be the drivers of that and the leaders of that.”