Robin van Persie carved his name into football stigma when he signed for Manchester United a decade ago, just a season after being named Arsenal captain.
Gunners fans may have to brace for more heartbreak and anger with another former club captain linked with a shock move to one of their fiercest rivals.
The Telegraph have reported that Chelsea are ready to shell out nearly £300m ($524m) during this transfer window to add even more star power to an already impressive squad.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be one of the new players at Stamford Bridge this season as the club consider an impressive move for the former Arsenal captain.
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Aubameyang, who left Arsenal for Barcelona just eight months ago, has reportedly started talks with the Blues.
Meanwhile, two of England’s biggest clubs are keeping tabs on Premier League icon Jamie Vardy, who has his contract with Leicester up in less than a year.
Here’s the latest transfer gossip in the latest installment of our rumor mill!
FORMER GUNNERS CAPTAIN MAY RETURN TO LONDON
Chelsea are reportedly considering signing former Arsenal captain Aubameyang as manager Thomas Tuchel tries to find a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
Aubameyang worked under Tuchel at German giants Borussia Dortmund, where the striker has scored almost 100 goals in more than 140 games.
Chelsea have already signed England international Raheem Sterling from Manchester City but they still appear keen to add more strikers on a budget of £300million.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed that face-to-face talks had started between the player and the club despite no official offer from Chelsea.
However, Barcelona manager Xavi has said the club don’t want to sell Aubameyang despite adding star recruit Robert Lewandowski to their squad.
Aubameyang has been in fine form since joining the legendary La Liga club, scoring 13 goals in 23 goals.
The Gabonese international left Arsenal in February following a falling out with manager Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal TV Fans have raved about the forward in the past but Gunners fans may need to prepare for some sort of betrayal as this rumor continues to do the rounds.
VARDY HAVING A PARTY…IN MANCHESTER?
Leicester City could be without another star this season as striker Jamie Vardy has been linked with either a move to Manchester United or Chelsea.
Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel signed for French club Nice on Thursday (AEST) after a sensational career with the Foxes that included Premier League glory in 2016.
90Min have reported that the English giants are considering making a move for the 35-year-old striker, who has struck 164 clubs for Leicester.
With only 11 months left on his current contract, the club could risk losing Vardy on a free transfer next year if he doesn’t re-sign.
The sun reports that Wesley Fofana, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison could also leave in this transfer window.
UNITED KEEPS chasing STAR
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford for weeks, while the Catalan club are chasing Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva.
But that deal appears to be moving forward, albeit slowly, as the Red Devils have reportedly agreed to a £63million fee.
The 25-year-old hasn’t ruled out a move to Manchester but has yet to reach an agreement personally with the club.
Manchester United have identified the Netherlands international as their top priority in this window as they look to improve on their sixth-place finish in the Premier League last season.
UCL WINNER JOINS ROMA
Georginio Wijnaldum will join Italian giants AS Roma on loan with an option to buy.
Wijnaldum won a Champions League title with Liverpool in 2019 after scoring in the Reds’ incredible comeback win over Barcelona at Anfield.
The 31-year-old was considered overwhelmed at Paris Saint-Germain after signing with the French champions on a free transfer last year.
Football insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Wijnaldum will have his medical at the club on Friday morning before being introduced to Roma fans.
CUCURELLA TO CHELSEA
Manchester City appeared frontrunners to sign defender Marc Cucurella before refusing to up their bid to match Brighton’s £50m asking price.
The defender will travel to Stamford Bridge instead after Chelsea reached an agreement with Brighton on a deal worth more than £50m.
Fabrizio Romano has reported that there is a full agreement between the two clubs and that the deal is a done deal.