La Liga champions Barcelona are reportedly considering making a bid in January for new Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Barcelona are looking to bolster their attacking options, given that Luis Suarez is struggling with injuries and form currently.
Their bitter rivals Real Madrid are also said to be keeping tabs on the Gabon international, as manager Zinedine Zidane continues to refresh his squad.
Aubameyang has been a revelation in an Arsenal side that has struggled for consistency and has missed out on Champions League qualification for the past two seasons. He recently scored his 50th goal for the club in just his 78th appearance.
However, Aubameyang has yet to commit his long-term future to the Gunners and could be tempted to move on if they don’t reach the Champions League again this season.
It has been claimed that Arsenal would listen to offers if Aubameyang decides he wants to leave. However, they would not want to lose their star player who has scored so many goals for them since he arrived in January 2018. If they were to consider an offer, they would certainly want something in excess of £50 million.
Italian champions Juventus have made a bid for Paris St-Germain star Neymar as they try to gazump Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Juve have offered PSG £95 million and forward Paulo Dybala, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
Neymar has been the subject of a tug-of-war for his signature by Barcelona and Real Madrid all summer, with various bids involving cash and a variety of players said to have been made and rejected by PSG.
Barca have recently loaned Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich so have a space in the squad free.
Madrid have been revamping their squad over the summer, spending more than £300 million on new players, but Neymar would be the icing on the cake.
It was thought the race was between the Spanish clubs but now Juventus are serious contenders. The prospect of Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same side would be mouthwatering too as they seek to finally win the Champions League.
However, whether PSG will sell is another matter. They have consistently rebuffed bids from Barcelona and Real Madrid and will want a deal worth north of the £198 million before they even consider selling one of their prized assets.
Paris St-Germain have rejected huge offers from both Real Madrid and Barcelona for their star forward Neymar.
The Spanish clubs are both desperate to do a deal – and Neymar is believed to want a to return to Spain – but the perennial Ligue Un champions are reluctant to sell.
Barcelona have reportedly offered PSG €100 million plus Philippe Coutinho. Meanwhile Madrid have reported made several player-plus-cash offers involving Gareth Bale, James Rodríguez and Ivan Rakitic. All have been rejected by PSG.
However, this is unlikely to be the final bid from either side. PSG are understandably holding out for as much as they can get and will want a deal worth at least as much as the £198 million they paid Barcelona for Neymar two years ago.
This transfer saga is likely to run until the transfer window closes on September 2
Arsenal are planning an audacious loan move for Barcelona misfit Philippe Coutinho in a deal that could cost £27 million, according to reports in Spain.
Coutinho joined Barcelona for £142 million in January 2018 but he has failed to have the expected impact at the Camp Nou. With Antoine Griezmann having joined from Atletico Madrid and Frenkie de Jong from Ajax in the summer, Coutinho could find himself further down the pecking order and the Catalan side are willing to let him go.
While there had been interest from clubs – notably his old side Liverpool, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain – nothing concrete has emerged.
However, Spanish publication Sport has claimed that Arsenal want to do a loan deal for the Brazilian.
It is well known that the Gunners’ transfer budget is restricted this summer – £45 million has been widely quoted – after the side failed to qualify for the Champions League.
It has been claimed Barca want £27 million to loan the player for the season, so Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi will have to judge whether they can afford him, especially as the side are in need of central defensive reinforcements as well.
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