Following the unpleasant news of Sergio Aguero’s heart condition, which will see him be sidelined for at least three months, Barcelona are set to enter the market for a new striker in the January transfer window.
With Aguero sidelined, the Catalans are left with just Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay as options for the No. 9 role. Amongst the two, the former is set to be shown the exit doors at Camp Nou, with Ronald Koeman no longer at the helm.
Such a situation would need Barcelona to add another option in the centre-forward position. And, journalist Ekrem Konur is now reporting that the Catalans are likely to launch a swoop for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emeirck Aubameyang.
The 32-year-old striker has been on the radars of the Blaugrana for quite some time now, but a move had never materialised. However, that could change in the January transfer window, with the club now considering rekindling their interest in the Gunners’ forward.
Aubameyang has been with the Premier League giants for over three years now, having signed from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018. He has been one of their best performers during this time, although the Gabonese hitman went through a major slump last season.
However, the ex-AC Milan and Saint-Etienne forward has found his mojo back in the ongoing campaign, bagging seven goals and two assists from 10 games across all competitions.
Aubameyang has a contract with Arsenal until the summer of 2023. Given his importance to the team and their own problems in the centre-forward department, the north London outfit would be reluctant to let go of their skipper midway through the campaign, especially as they look to make their way back into the top six after a dismal last season.
Aubameyang’s Arsenal teammate, Alexandre Lacazette, is also an option for Barcelona and could be a more realistic target for January as the Frenchman’s contract runs out at the end of the ongoing season. That means he would be available for a bargain price in January.
It remains to be seen who the Blaugrana sign, but it goes without saying that a new striker will be a necessary addition in the winter transfer window.