According to report, if Arsenal decides to allow Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang depart next month, they may consider a player-exchange deal with Barcelona.
After being stripped of his captaincy and frozen out by Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta following his latest disciplinary transgression, Sportsmail understands the Catalan giants are considering a loan deal for the Gabonese international.
With only 18 months left on his £350,000-per-week deal at Emirates Stadium, the Gabon international is presently practising away from the rest of the squad and faces an extremely unclear future.
Barcelona, meanwhile, is closing in on Manchester City’s Ferran Torres, but they also want another forward next month, and Aubameyang would cost less if he came on loan to the cash-strapped Catalan giants.
According to the Mirror, Barcelona might propose a swap deal that would benefit both parties, with Philippe Coutinho, a former Liverpool player, being a prime contender.
Since arriving for £142 million in January 2018, the Brazilian has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Leicester and Tottenham also being mentioned in the past.
The Frenchman, who joined from Borussia Dortmund for more than £105 million, has struggled to put in regular performances and is yet to sign a new contract, despite his contract ending in the summer.
The player’s involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations next month could complicate any agreement between Aubameyang, Arsenal, and Barcelona.
Arteta, on the other hand, declined to rule out Aubameyang’s inclusion in the team for the Boxing Day match against Norwich.
When asked if Gabon international Arteta will make his comeback against the Canaries, Arteta stated, ‘We’ll go game by game and decide the lineup as we get closer to the game.’
‘That’s because we generally chat on MD-1, and that’s when we choose the squad,’ he stated when it was pointed out that his reaction was more open than his recent reactions to enquiries about his ex-captain.
‘We’ve demonstrated in this club that everyone can make mistakes and have various ways of thinking and acting, and I’m absolutely open to that; it’s not about that (having to apologize).’