Aubameyang makes Barcelona plea after devising Arsenal exit plan

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly willing to ‘seriously consider’ a move to Barcelona this month and has told the club to try to sign him.

Aubameyang makes Barcelona plea after devising Arsenal exit plan

Aubameyang makes Barcelona plea after devising Arsenal exit plan

The Arsenal striker has a contract at the Emirates until the end of next season, but has so far refused to commit by signing a new deal.

The 30-year-old is believed to want to see how the Gunners progress under Mikel Arteta – and if they qualify for next season’s Champions League – before deciding whether to put pen to paper.

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But Mundo Deportivo reports that he Aubameyang now weighing up his options this month, and could leave the Premier League club if Barca can tempt Arsenal to cash in.

The Catalan giants are looking for a new striker after losing Luis Suarez to a serious knee injury which will keep him out of action for four months.

They have previously shown an interest in Aubameyang, but could now step up their efforts to sign him after being given the green light from the striker’s camp.

Mundo Deportivo, however, goes on to add that a potential transfer is a ‘very complicated situation’ and that an angry reaction from Arsenal fans could prevent the north London club from doing any business.

They also state that Aubameyang will find it ‘difficult’ to push for a move in public or hand in a transfer request as he is the club’s captain, having taken the armband from the under-fire Granit Xhaka earlier in the season.

But he is interested in a move to the Nou Camp and Arsenal’s only hope is that they can tie the former Borussia Dortmund star to a new deal before he enters the final year of his current contract, which is worth nearly £200,000 a week.

Indeed, Sportsmail recently reported that the Gunners have offered Aubameyang a significant pay rise, plus clauses that would trigger another hike if he can help fire them back into the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are in talks to sign Shakhtar Donetsk defender Mykola Matviyenko – according to the player’s agent.

 

Earlier in the month, it was reported that the 23-year-old Ukrainian international was on a four-man shortlist to come into Manchester City’s defence, looking light in that area after Vincent Kompany’s departure and Aymeric Laporte’s long lay-off.

Now, the latest suggestion is that the centre-half could be coming to the Premier League – for City’s rivals Arsenal. Read more…

 

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