Barcelona and Juventus Have Approached Arsenal About Signing Outcast Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. With the end of the January transfer window near, there is a lot of speculation about what might happen at Arsenal in the final days.
The club has only sanctioned departures so far, with Calum Chambers’ latest deal to Aston Villa making him the fifth senior player to go on loan or permanently.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who hasn’t kicked a ball for the club since December 6, after being deprived of the captaincy in what the club termed as “his latest disciplinary transgression,” is among the names on the list of possible departures.
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Al Hilal and Al Nassr have expressed interest in signing the 32-year-old, two alternatives that would appeal to Arsenal given their readiness to pay his wage and buy him outright in the summer, but not so much to Aubameyang, who wants to continue playing at the greatest level in Europe.
Arsenal has received transfer proposals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona and Juventus, with the European clubs hoping to get him on a loan deal in January.
According to David Ornstein, he has been given two such opportunities.
Barcelona and Juventus have made formal offers to Arsenal to capture the striker. These are loan deals that will last till the end of the season. Two of Europe’s greatest clubs are aiming to recruit him before the transfer window closes, albeit on a temporary basis, with Arsenal still undecided about the Gabonese’s future.
The amount of Aubameyang’s salary that each party is ready to pay will be a key point of negotiation. His stratospheric £350,000-per-week wages are unlikely to be fully paid by either interested side, and Arsenal may try to push for a deal that goes beyond a simple loan.
Alvaro Morata, as previously stated, will be crucial in both scenarios. The Spaniard wants to join Barcelona from Atletico Madrid this winter, but the reigning La Liga champions are refusing to consent to a loan deal.
The fact that Morata is now on loan at Turin, and I Bianconeri have just signed Dusan Vlahovic to a long-term contract, adds to the intrigue. The best option for Juventus is to pair Aubameyang with Paulo Dybala and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Arsenal had hoped for serious interest, with neither team deterred by Aubameyang’s disciplinary concerns. The major question now is if Edu and co can reach a financially beneficial deal for the club, and if they can find a replacement before the deadline.
Aubameyang’s prospects of being reintegrated are also dwindling by the day as he did not go with the squad to Dubai. Since then, a lot of water has passed under the bridge, so even if he stays, another risky Mesut Ozil scenario could emerge.