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.
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.
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.
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.
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