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.
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.
Crystal Palace are considering making a bid for Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck in January, it has been reported.
Welbeck, 27, could be available for a cut price as his Gunners contract runs out next summer and he is yet to be offered a new deal. Arsenal bosses may look to sell rather than lose him for nothing 6 months later.
Arsenal may be willing to sell as Welbeck is behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order.
Palace meanwhile are in desperate need of a striker. Christian Benteke is out with a long-term injury and the other forwards at the club have failed to fire – the Eagles have scored just 8 goals in the Premier League this season.
A move may appeal to Welbeck too as, without regular game time, his England place could come under threat. He also worked well with Eagles manager Roy Hodgson when the latter was in charge of the Three Lions.
Various news outlets have suggested Welbeck could be bought for just £10 million.
Monday night football returns to the Premier League, with in-form Arsenal playing inconsistent Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. Kick-off is at 8pm and the match is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. Here are the factz you need to know:
Arsenal came out on top in a 7-goal thriller the last time these sides met at the Emirates in August 2017. Leicester gained revenge later in the season, winning 3-1 at the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes have a terrible record at Arsenal: their last away win over them came in 1973 at Highbury. Also Arsenal have won the last 11 matches at the Emirates.
The Gunners are aiming to win their 10th straight match in all competitions today – something they haven’t done since October 2007.
Leicester’s away form is improving – they’ve won 2 of their last 3 matches on the road in the PL. They previously won just 1 in 11.
Since joining Arsenal in January, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in 21 goals – scoring 16 and assisting 5 – more than anyone else at the club.
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