Arsenal are interested in re-signing striker Donyell Malen from PSV Eindhoven as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to French media outlet Le 10 sport
The 21-year-old spent two years at the Emirates Stadium, playing for Arsenal’s youth teams and also appearing for their first team in pre-season fixtures.
The Dutch international has made great strides since leaving Arsenal in 2017 and is now a hot prospect after a particularly impressive season so far.
Malen has scored 17 goals and provided nine assists for PSV across all competitions so far, which will have put him on the watchlist of top clubs across the continent.
The report suggests that Arsenal are ready to pay the required fee to land their former protege should their club captain Aubameyang choose to leave in the summer.
The Gabon international’s contact runs out in the summer of 2021 and he is yet to sign an extension with the club.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has claimed that the North London club will attempt to keep him at all costs but this could be their last chance to cash in as he enters the final year of his contract.
Barcelona and Inter Milan are interested in signing the 30-year-old, who has scored 20 goals for the Gunners across all competitions this term, according to the Daily Mail.
Malen was sold for just £500,000 and the Gunners will be cursing themselves for letting a talent slip through the net, especially if they have to dish out almost ten times the amount come summer.
Keep Auba at all costs
The potential of Malen returning to Arsenal will be an exciting prospect for the supporters, but losing Aubameyang would be a nightmare.
The African attacker is one of the best centre forwards in the Premier League and a player that can help fire the Gunners back into silverware contention.
Keeping Aubameyang at the club should be Arsenal’s number one priority this summer, as losing the hitman forward would be demoralising news ahead of 2020-21.