Date: 22nd February 2016 at 6:25pm
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Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

According to reports from The Independent, Manchester United will pursue a £60million transfer of Arsenal strike target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer – regardless of who is in the Old Trafford hot seat.

The Borussia Dortmund star has netted 31 times across all competitions this season, including a potent Bundesliga return of 21 goals in as many appearances, and is set to enter the summer transfer window as the most sought-after striker in European football.

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Arsenal are known long-term admirers of the 27-year-old and The Independent describe him as a ‘leading target’ for the north London outfit, but they’re set to face considerable competition for his signature from divisional rivals Manchester United.

Reports emerged last week of the Red Devils preparing a £60million bid and according to The Independent, it will go ahead regardless of whether Louis van Gaal is still in charge at Old Trafford when the summer transfer window opens.

The British newspaper claim efforts have already been made to put United in pole position to sign the Gabon international and the Red Devils do have precedent on this front. They agreed deals for Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera ahead of summer 2014, before confirming Louis van Gaal as David Moyes’ replacement.

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