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Barcelona are close to agreeing a loan deal for Arsenal striker Aubameyang

By on January 30, 2022 0

Barcelona are close to reaching an agreement with Arsenal to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan for the rest of the season.

Progress has been made in the talks between the three parties and although the agreement is not yet concluded, it has made significant progress over the weekend.

The main issue that remains to be resolved is the payment of Aubameyang’s salary of around £350,000 a week and who covers how much of that income.

It is believed that Arsenal would not receive a loan fee but want Barcelona to cover his salary as much as possible which would be a huge saving but could be complicated by his financial situation. No option or obligation to purchase should be included in the proposed move.

If a consensus can be reached, the transfer should be done before the January window closes on Monday and settle the uncertainty surrounding the 32-year-old’s future until at least the summer.

Barcelona head coach Xavi has reportedly identified Aubameyang as his main target to reinforce up the pitch this month and he expects the former Borussia Dortmund striker to fit into the squad in the No.9 position .

Joining the five-time European champions would temporarily solve the problems that have arisen between Arsenal and Aubameyang since he was stripped of the captaincy and forced to train on his own after his late return from a sanctioned trip to France in December to collect his mother. sick.

Athleticism revealed on Friday that Barcelona and Juventus have made formal approaches to the Premier League squad for the Gabon international.

Their admiration for Aubameyang is longstanding and undiminished, despite his alarming fall from grace in north London. These parties are said to have no concerns about his professionalism, having both completed background checks.

While Barcelona had room for a new striker, Juventus doing business depended on the departure of Alvaro Morata and it looks like he will remain in Turin to complete a top three with Paulo Dybala and the recently arrived Dusan Vlahovic.

This gave the La Liga giants a clear race as despite interest from Saudi Arabia, which Arsenal would have preferred, Aubameyang’s preference was to continue operating at the top level in Europe.

The situation is being handled from an Arsenal perspective by technical director Edu, but any decisions will be made in conjunction with manager Mikel Arteta, the executive board and the board.

Although it initially appeared that Aubameyang’s exit could be contingent on Arsenal finding a replacement, that is not necessarily the case and they are continuing with this process regardless of whether – as things stand – no one is about to be acquired before the deadline.

A sighting of Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak in the English capital on Saturday has fueled speculation that the Swede, who is a long-term target, could move to Emirates Stadium. But there are currently no developments in this regard.

Meanwhile, reports that Barcelona couldn’t land Aubameyang unless they move Ousmane Dembele are believed to be far from the truth.

Barcelona have already taken action in the market to strengthen their attack, with Ferran Torres and Adama Traore brought in from Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.

Aubameyang swapped Dortmund for Arsenal in January 2018 and put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension in September 2020, meaning he’s still tied down for another 18 months.

He has scored seven goals in 15 games in all competitions this campaign and 92 in 163 Arsenal appearances overall. The player was left out of the group which is currently in Dubai during a hot weather camp during the Premier League break.

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