Barcelona are considering a loan in January for exiled Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang … but the out of form striker’s £ 350,000 weekly salary could cost the cash-strapped Catalans dearly
- Mikel Arteta stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the Arsenal captaincy
- The striker has not started this season and has been penalized for breach of discipline
- Barcelona have fallen to eighth place and need a new source of goals
- The Catalans have already targeted Aubameyang but his salary is high
Barcelona have been alerted to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s exile at Arsenal and are reportedly interested in signing him on loan next month.
But his salary of £ 350,000 a week is a potential stumbling block for the cash-strapped Catalan club.
Forward Aubameyang has been training on his own since losing the captain of Arsenal last week and is expected to stay out of Mikel Arteta’s plans until he makes it to the Africa Cup. Nations with Gabon at the end of this month.
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Barcelona, meanwhile, are in the market for up to two new strikers in January after Sergio Aguero was forced to retire last week.
Manchester City’s Ferran Torres is high on their wishlist but he could cost around £ 50million. Aubameyang, as a loan alternative, would require a lower initial investment.
Edinson Cavani is another Barca target, but Manchester United are hoping to keep the Uruguayan striker.
After signing a new 12-month contract this summer, Cavani has only made three starts for United this season due to a tendon problem in his leg and the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to Camp Nou, but it is understood United want him to see 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 heavy blow after one of their players tested positive for Covid. Lee Johnson’s team face yet another round of testing before heading to London today.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are considering a move for Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.
The 25-year-old was loaned to Atletico Madrid last season after agreeing to loan fees of £ 1.2million with an option for a transfer of £ 30million. But Atletico did not take the option as Dembele’s season was disrupted by Covid and injuries.