Arsenal would be bonkers to sell star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to rivals Manchester United, says Ray Parlour.
Recent reports in the English media have linked Aubameyang with a shock switch from Arsenal to United. Apparently, the club are willing to consider the proposal as it would grant them more funds for the transfer window.
Following their failure to return to Champions League football next season, Arsenal only have a budget of £40m (€45m) for this summer.
The Gunners are, therefore, considering selling players to better support manager Unai Emery in signing new talent.
The Times newspaper claimed that no offers have come in for either Mesut Ozil or Henrikh Mkhitaryan despite the midfield duo being available.
But United may need a new striker should Romelu Lukaku’s rumoured move to Inter Milan go ahead. Thus, they’re reportedly considering making a £70m offer for Aubameyang.
At 30, such a huge offer for a player is a rare thing and could tempt the club board into a sale.
Parlour, however, called on for Arsenal to not repeat the same mistake they committed when they sold Robin van Persie to United in 2012.
“It would be madness to let him go, but players have got all the power these days,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“Aubameyang and [Alexandre] Lacazette have been absolutely brilliant this season. It looks like they’ve got a really good relationship up front, you can see how they celebrate goals.”
The ex-Arsenal midfielder added: “I’d be amazed by that [if he signed for United], I really would. That would shock me.
“That wouldn’t be good from an Arsenal supporters’ point of view – we all remember when Robin van Persie left to United and they ended up winning the league the following season….
“When I go to pre-season, I’m really hoping Aubameyang is on that plane.
“Goalscorers are so important. Good ones are hard to find and he’s really proven he is a top-class goalscorer.
“You want to be adding to your squad, not trying to get rid of a few players!”
Aubameyang finished his first full season at Arsenal with 31 goals and eight assists in 51 appearances.
The Gabon international even shared the Premier League Golden Boot award with Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on 22 goals last term.