Arsenal ‘ARE willing to listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’ before the transfer window closes as they look to cash in on out-of-form club captain ‘to raise funds for more new signings’… with Barcelona on alert
- Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave the club this summer
- Aubameyang is no longer considered indispensable and has interest from Barca
- Arsenal won’t be able to sign anymore players unless they sell some first
- Several players, including Hector Bellerin and Willian, could depart this month
Arsenal are reportedly ready to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they look to raise funds for new players following their worst start to a season in their 118-year history.
According to The Telegraph, Arsenal no longer consider Aubameyang indispensable and will not stand in his way if another club offers to buy him this summer.
The striker, who only 12 months ago signed a huge, new £350,000-per-week contract at the club, is understood to still be part of Mikel Arteta’s plans but will be sold if an acceptable offer is made.
Arsenal are willing to sell club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer
Arsenal’s club captain endured his worst term as a Gunners player last season, scoring just 15 times, but has still attracted interest from Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman, similarly to Arteta at Arsenal, is desperate to add fresh faces to his squad before the window slams shut and will be monitoring Aubameyang’s situation closely.
However, Aubameyang’s high wage demands will likely be problematic for Barcelona, who are in the midst of a financial crisis.
Aubameyang is not indispensable to Arsenal anymore and has interest from Barcelona
One way Barca may be able to combat that is by offering a high-earner in exchange, with Sky Sports reporting last week that £145m flop Phillipe Coutinho could be used as makeweight in a deal for Aubameyang.
The 32-year-old missed the opening-day loss at Brentford after testing positive for Covid-19 and was not fit enough to start in Sunday’s defeat by Chelsea at the Emirates.
Arteta is already under scrutiny following back-to-back defeats at the start of the Premier League season and is plotting a late window firesale to help balance the books and raise funds for potential additions.
The likes of Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah, Lucas Torreira, Willian, Sead Kolasinac and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could all depart if their valuations are met.
Mikel Arteta wants to trim down his bloated squad and add a fresh face if he can
Arsenal have been the highest spenders in the Premier League this summer, after splashing out £135million on five new signings and are unlikely to make any further investments without selling players first.
The final few days of the window come amid mounting pressure on Arteta, after a group of angry supporters told him to ‘leave our club’ and blocked his car from leaving the Emirates Stadium on Sunday night.
It doesn’t get any easier for Arteta and Arsenal, with a trip to champions Manchester City on the weekend up next in the Premier League.
Arsenal have made their worst start to a season in their history after back-to-back defeats
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