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Barcelona line up bid for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Spanish giants are plotting a late move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they seek to solve their forward crisis.

Barca need cover for the injured Luis Suarez and have made Aubameyang their top target, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

Aubameyang, 30, has been in sparkling form in a stuttering Gunners side this season. He has netted 14 goals in 22 Premier League matches this season and has 57 goals in 91 appearances in all competitions in his stint at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal are waiting for Barcelona to make a formal approach for the Gabon international before deciding on what they may do.

While Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has said he wants to keep Aubameyang until at least the end of the season, if Barca make a good offer they could be tempted to sell. The form of younger Gabriel Martinelli might also have a bearing.

Little progress has been made in convincing Aubameyang to sign a contract extension and it is thought likely that if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions League – they are 10 points off 4th place currently – he will leave in the summer.

However, Barca will not pay over the odds for a 30-year-old with less than 18 months remaining on his contract. It has been suggested they would refuse to pay £50 million.

Barca also have a back-up plan in the form of Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno.

The transfer window shuts on Friday.

Arsenal warned they will have to pay high price to secure Atletico Madrid star Thomas Lemar

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Arsenal will have to make an ‘important’ offer to Atletico Madrid if they are to land winger Thomas Lemar in January, according to reports.

A winger is apparently one of new boss Mikel Arteta’s top targets in January, given the struggles that summer signing Nicolas Pepe has had this season.

Lemar has long been a transfer target for the Gunners, and they were in the race to sign him from Monaco in summer 2018. However, Atletico won the race, signing the French international for £53 million.

However, that interest has apparently not dulled and Arsenal are encouraged to make a bid given that Lemar is not a regular starter in Diego Simeone’s side.

That said, he is under contract until 2023 and Spanish newspaper AS has reported Atletico bosses saying that it would take an important’ offer for them to consider selling the 24-year-old.

It is not known how big a transfer kitty Arteta will be given by the Gunners hierarchy, but given their struggles this season – including leaky defence and under-performing midfield – the new boss may look to make several signings.

The kitty could be boosted if Granit Xhaka leaves in January – Herta Berlin are apparently interested in taking the Swiss midfielder to the Bundesliga.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in talks over shock Everton move

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Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly in talks with Everton over a shock return to the Premier League.

Ibrahimovic, 38, is currently without a club, having left MLS side LA Galaxy after his contract expired in November.

It has previously been reported that he was close to agreeing a deal to rejoin Serie A side AC Milan, where he won the Scudetto in his first stint there from 2010-12. However, The Sun, and others, have reported that he could instead head to Merseyside.

It is thought that Carlo Ancelotti could be about to take over the hotseat at Everton, replacing Marco Silva who was sacked earlier in the month after a run of form that left them in the Premier League’s relegation zone. If Ancelotti does take over at Goodison Park, then it is thought that he wants Ibrahimovic to be his first signing.

Ancelotti was also thought to be interested in signing him at his previous club, Napoli. He managed Ibrahimovic for a season at Paris St-Germain in 2012-13, where he scored 35 goals as the side romped to the Ligue Un title.

It is well known that Everton need a figurehead up front to score goals – something they have lacked since Romelu Lukaku left for Manchester United more than two years ago.

It is thought Everton could offer a bigger wage packet than AC Milan could, although a return to Italy is still a big pull factor for Ibrahimovic. However, as everyone knows, Ibrahimovic does whatever he wants, so his next move cannot be predicted.

Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea among clubs in scramble to sign German wunderkind Kai Havertz

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A host of top European clubs are eyeing up a £110 million deal for 20-year-old Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, according to reports.

Havertz has seen his stock rise dramatically since he broke into the Leverkusen first team in 2017. He scored 17 goals in the Bundesliga last term and has started this season impressively too. He has also broken into the German National side.

German newspaper Bild has reported that seven clubs are competing for his signature, including four from England: Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also said to be interested.

Bayern even tested the water in the summer with a £75 million bid but were turned down.

It is thought Leverkusen want £110 million for their man, which wouldn’t be out of the range of any of the aforementioned clubs – barring Chelsea who are currently serving a transfer ban.

It is thought Havertz wants to stay at Leverkusen until the summer as he wants to cement a place in Joachim Louw’s squad for Euro2020.

However, the player hasn’t committed his future beyond that and is on record as saying he is confident that he could play for clubs outside of Germany.

Some clubs may try and tempt Havertz and Leverkusen with a deal in January as his value may increase again if he is successful at Euro2020.

Barcelona and Real Madrid head chase for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

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Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are monitoring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s situation with a view to making a bid for him.

Aubameyang has been a stand-out for a misfiring Gunners side this season, scoring 9 goals already. Since he joined the club in January 2017, the Gabon international has scored 50 goals in 78 appearances in all competitions.

However, Aubameyang’s contract is up in the summer of 2021 and he has indicated that he might leave this summer if Arsenal don’t qualify for the Champions League – they are currently 8 points behind Chelsea in the 4th and final place after 13 matches.

Aubameyang has also refused to commit to the club and sign a new contract.

The Daily Star has reported that both Spanish giants are monitoring the situation and could make a bid for the 30-year-old and could make a bid in January or the summer.

Barcelona are known to be seeking a new striker to replace the ageing and increasingly injury-prone Luis Suarez. Meanwhile Real are still in the midst of a squad rebuild under Zinedine Zidane.

Both would welcome someone with a proven record of goalscoring in England and Germany over several seasons.

Aubameyang has been linked with a move to China but it is believed he would prefer to stay in Europe if he were to move.

Arsenal wouldn’t want to lose one of their stars but much will depend on the coming months. Manager Unai Emery is under pressure and could be sacked if results don’t improve quickly. Whether a new man could turn the Gunners’ season around – or convince Aubameyang to stay – would remain to be seen.