Barcelona eyeing January loan for exiled Arsenal striker Aubameyang

Barcelona are eyeing up a January loan move for exiled former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang… but the out-of-form forward’s £350,000 a week wage could price-out cash-strapped Catalans

  • Mikel Arteta has stripped  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy
  • The striker hasn’t got going this term and was punished for a disciplinary breach 
  • Barcelona have sunk down to eighth and need a new source of goals 
  • The Catalans have previously targeted Aubameyang but his wage is steep  

Barcelona have been alerted by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exile at Arsenal and would be interested in signing him on loan next month.

But his £350,000-a-week wages are a potential stumbling block for the cash-strapped Catalan club.

Striker Aubameyang has been training alone since losing the Arsenal captaincy last week and is expected to remain out of Mikel Arteta’s plans until he heads off to the Africa Cup of Nations with Gabon at the end of this month.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks set for an Arenal exit after a fall-out with Mikel Arteta 

Xavi’s Barcelona are considering bringing him in to boost their push to rescue the season

Barcelona, meanwhile, are in the market for up to two new forwards in January after Sergio Aguero was forced to retire last week.

Manchester City’s Ferran Torres is high on their wish list but he could cost around £50 million. Aubameyang, as a loan alternative, would require a lower initial outlay.

Another Barca target is Edinson Cavani but Manchester United are hoping to keep the Uruguayan striker.

After agreeing a new 12-month contract in the summer, Cavani has made just three starts for United this season due to a tendon problem in his leg and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Barcelona fell into mid-table after Ronald Koeman’s implosion but are pushing to recover 

Mikel Arteta has come down hard on the striker after their relationship appeared to be strained

The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp but it is understood that United want him to see out the remaining six months of his contract.

Arsenal play at home tonight in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against League One club Sunderland, who suffered a blow after one of their players tested positive for Covid. Lee Johnson’s side face another round of testing before they travel to London today.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are weighing up a move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.

The 25-year-old had a spell on loan at Atletico Madrid last season after they agreed a £1.2m loan fee with an option for a £30m transfer. But Atletico failed to take up the option as Dembele’s season was disrupted by Covid and injuries.

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