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Barcelona considering move for Arsenal forward who was rejected by Real Madrid – report



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Barcelona’s pursuit of finding the perfect number 9 has guided them all the way to London. According to El Nacional, Barcelona have reignited their interest in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeng whose career as a Gunner seems to have found its course.

Although Aubameyang, who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, is being considered as a cheap alternative, the club is aware of the fact that his salary demand might take the negotiation south.

Earlier this month, Aubameyang’s representatives made the striker available in the market, but a £350,000 a week salary is proving out to be the hindrance. The aforementioned source says his agents contacted Real Madrid, but manager Carlo Ancelotti has no interest in signing a striker in January. As things stand, the Italian is happy with the players he has at his disposal.

As for Barcelona, they have other targets on their list too. This includes former Real Madrid and current Juventus frontman Alvaro Morata, and even Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial.

The deal for the Spaniard, however, is extremely complicated. The club from Turin is reluctant on losing their asset before acquiring any sort of replacement. In that regard, a lot depends on the PSG’s Mauro Icardi who is being touted as a replacement for the record Serie A champions.

As far as Aubameyang is concerned, his Arsenal days are numbered, to say the least. The Gabon international was stripped of the club captaincy after returning late from an authorized trip to France. Since then, the former Borussia Dortmund man has been frozen out of the first team.

Barcelona will have to factor in their troubling finances before considering any move for the Gabon captain. While Aubameyang’s departure is inevitable, he is unwilling to cut a single euro from his salary and given the state the club is in, it makes no sense for Barcelona to pay close to £20 million a year for a 32-year-old.

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