Former Arsenal captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang landed in El Prat airport in Catalonia earlier today and headed to Camp Nou to complete his loan deal with FC Barcelona.
The 32-year-old Gabonese striker flew from London, England to Spain and landed in Barcelona less than an hour before publishing this report.
Immediately he touched down, he walked straight to a black car parked outside the airport amid a handful of paparazzi and reporters who tried to get a comment from him all to no avail.
Transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, tweeted that there was already an agreement between Aubameyang and FC Barcelona for a loan move.
According to him, everything is set on the part of the player, adding that the success of the potential deal depends on the Spanish La Liga giants.
However, the deal is expected to be completed before the end of today, January 31, 2022, which is the last day of the January transfer window.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is in Barcelona, confirmed as @gerardromero revealed. Understand he has a full agreement with Barça for a loan move, deal all but ready on player side. 🔴🛩 #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 31, 2022
It only depends on Barcelona outgoings to complete the deal. Arsenal already approved. pic.twitter.com/UBc6UJA3a0
Before now, Saudi Arabian club, Al Nassr attempted to take advantage of the feud between Aubameyang and Arsenal to lure the Gabonese striker to Saudi Arabia. But the former Arsenal captain turned down the offer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has turned down Al Nassr proposal as he wants to wait for European clubs. His desire would be to join Barcelona, also reducing his salary. 🇬🇦 #AFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 30, 2022
Arsenal are prepared to let him go but it depends on Barça. Definitely one to watch tomorrow.
Recall that Aubameyang became a sought-after player in the January transfer window after involving in a fallout with Arsenal and the club’s coach Mikel Arteta.
The coach sidelined the Gabon International long before the Christmas holiday because the player breached some protocols at the club.
He reportedly traveled to Spain to get a tattoo and overspent the number of days Arsenal permitted him to fly to France to bring his mother to England. Hence, he was not only sidelined for a couple of games, but he also ceased to be the captain of Arsenal.
Just like Arsenal that are ready to let him go, the player is desperately interested in playing for FC Barcelona. He had to even accept to earn less at Barcelona just to ensure that the loan move is a success.
Though Arsenal will be happy that they would not have to spend over £350,000 every week on Aubameyang for as long as his loan spell at Barca last, the Premier League side are not expected to get any fee for the loan move.
Unfortunately for coach Mikel Arteta, the Spanish coach has not been able to get a suitable replacement for the outgoing striker so far in the January transfer window that will close a few hours from now.