Aubameyang is becoming too expensive for Arsenal to afford.  The 30-year-old goalscorer, currently earning £200,000-a-week is demanding a significant pay increase in order to sign an extension to his current deal which the club seems not to be able to afford. Aubameyang’s return to the Champions League is imminent but likely not with the Gunners

The 30-year-old is one of Arsenal’s top earners already, although Mesut Ozil is way ahead of him on £350,000-a-week.

The financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, though, have hit Arsenal hard. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants Champions League football and a pay rise

Mikel Arteta’s squad has agreed to a 12.5 percent wage cut, minus three players including Ozil, at this stage. And as a result, they have shelved plans to offer Aubameyang a new contract, according to the Daily Mail.

Despite the forward’s importance to the team, a summer sale is now the necessary option for Arsenal. Arsenal are now ready to accept offers from other clubs for the peak performing player, who cost them £56m in January 2018

The current captain’s deal expires at the end of next season, meaning he faces a final run of games with Arsenal when football returns. The 2019/20 season is suspended at present, with the target to restart Premier League matches from June.

Aubameyang could be back in training in north London next month, with his future beyond the summer now seemingly decided. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and his Arsenal team-mates could be back in training next month. Arsenal will subsequently listen to offers for the former Borussia Dortmund star, the Daily Mail adds.

Barcelona and Inter Milan have been linked with interest, while Chelsea have also been touted as potential suitors.