Bacary Sagna has pleaded with Arsenal board to learn from their past mistakes and pay whatever it takes to hand Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang new contract.
The club’s record acquisition has represented outstanding value for money since his £56 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund two years ago.
Aubameyang shared last campaign’s Premier League Golden Boot with Liverpool wingers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah and is only two behind this season’s leading goalscorer Jamie Vardy, registering 17 goals for his side currently marooned in mid-table.
The 30-year-old star has just over a year remaining on his current contract, however, and although publicly he has maintained he remains content in north London he is beginning to attract the reported interest of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona.
Arsenal were forced to cash in on former captain Robin van Persie for a cut-price £24 million in similar circumstances during Bacary’s time with the club and the ex-Arsenal man fears his old side cannot afford a repeat scenario.
‘He can’t go now because Arsenal are on the way to building something strong,’ Bacary told Goal.
‘They can’t afford to lose him. If they have to pay him, then just pay him because if they want someone else of his quality they cost £150m.’
Meantime, Arsenal are allegedly at the head of the queue for Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser.
The 26-year-old forward has not signed a new contract with the club and will, therefore, be available on a free transfer at the end of June should Ryan not pen an extension in the coming weeks.
A number of teams are said to be monitoring developments, but according to TEAMtalk, the Gunners are confident of signing the Scotland international ahead of the 2020-21 season.