Transfer deadline: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona talks collapse after Arsenal striker leaves Spain

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears to be on the verge of missing out on a move to Barcelona as the La Liga club are currently unable to reach a deal with Arsenal after a dramatic deadline day which saw the former club captain fly to Spain. before an agreement was reached.

Aubameyang now appears ready to return to north London, where he is exiled from Mikel Arteta’s first team, unless Arsenal and Barcelona can come to an increasingly unlikely deal over who will pay what proportion of the player’s weekly salary. 32 years, which is worth too much. of $400,000.

Sources close to the deal confirmed to CBS Sports that Aubameyang had come to a full agreement with Barcelona on the loan deal, but the Spanish club have struggled to find a deal with Arsenal, who were shocked when they discovered Aubameyang had already done so. trip. to barcelona Some employees discovered him only when they photographed him arriving at the airport. Since then, it has been suggested that the player was traveling for a family vacation, but this has now been discontinued.

It will be a frustrating end to January for Aubameyang, who had turned down offers from elsewhere in a bid to secure a move to a major European club, with CBS Sports revealing earlier this month that the striker had been offered a loan move to Al Nassr, one who would have come with a $9 million mandatory buyout clause that would have been welcomed by Arsenal. Despite recent attempts to charm the Gabonese striker, including an exit clause that would have allowed Aubameyang to return to Europe within a year – finally decided to stay in Europe.

Barcelona entered the fray in the closing hours of the window, but having signed Ferran Torres and Adama Traore, unable to erase the final months of Ousmane Dembele’s contract.

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Whether Arteta will bring Aubameyang back to the team remains to be seen. After returning late from a club-sanctioned trip to visit his mother in France, the then-club captain was removed from the first team and stripped of his armband. Ahead of his trip to the Africa Cup of Nations, Aubameyang trained alone and was not part of the squad that traveled to Dubai last week.

Aubameyang, who is out of contract in the summer of 2023, has struggled since signing a new three-year contract with Arsenal before the start of the 2020-21 season, in 43 Premier League games he has scored just 14 goals. Meanwhile, Arteta has been using Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as his options at centre-forward. The former has three Premier League goals this season, the latter none. Both are out of contract at the end of the season.

Arsenal had been trying to move up in that position this month with manager Edu Gaspar and manager Arteta open to bringing planned summer deals forward to the mid-season window. Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Canadian international Jonathan David are all targets. The former has a release clause believed to be priced at $100 million.

The Gunners have also been offered a number of players on loan this month, including Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic and Porto’s Mehdi Taremi, and are working to improve Arteta’s attacking force before the transfer window closes on Monday morning. night. Such deals, already unlikely before the Aubameyang talks collapsed, look increasingly dim prospects now that Arsenal appear to enter February with three strikers on the books.

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