Report: Barcelona targeting January Aubameyang deal

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According to le10sport, Barcelona are prioritising a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the end of the January transfer window.

The La Liga champions are in need of a replacement for Luis Suarez who will miss the next 3-4 months following surgery for a knee injury.

With just 18 months left on his current deal, and with no sign of him putting pen to paper on a new contract, Barcelona may test Arsenal’s transfer market mettle with a bid before the end of the window this month.

The Gunners have dealt with situations like this poorly in the recent past. Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey left for free last summer; we took part in the worst swap deal in history when Alexis Sanchez went to Man Utd with Henrikh Mkhitaryan coming the other way; and with just 6 months left on his deal, Mesut Ozil put pen to paper on a £350,000 deal from which we’ve never got value for money.

Whether that will make Arsenal more open to doing a deal in January remains to be seen, but of course the Catalans will have to make the first move and put a bid down on the table.

Mikel Arteta has spoken more than once about his desire to keep the leading scorer and captain, although did recall Eddie Nketiah from Leeds and retained him when it was widely expected he’d be going out on loan again.

Earlier this month, Aubameyang himself played down rumours of his departure, saying, “I would also like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about me in the media.

“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch. They talk too much and it does my head in!

“I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”

It would clearly take a lot to tempt us into a sale when there’s still a Europa League trophy to play for and with it a Champions League place. The summer is a different story but for now the Poo-o-Meter is going high enough on this one.

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Runzac
Runzac
4 months ago

Sell him. This season is over no europe football next season and build for the future is mos important

Tómas
Tómas
4 months ago
Reply to  Runzac

Ah yes. Let’s sell our best player, who almost single handedly carried us, before the season is even over. Brilliant.

Dave M
Dave M
4 months ago
Reply to  Tómas

Well that would be the Arsenal way…

Martin
Martin
4 months ago
Reply to  Dave M

Really? When have Arsenal ever sold a player at his best unless he wanted to leave.

Boross
Boross
4 months ago
Reply to  Martin

rvp?

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles
4 months ago
Reply to  Boross

He wanted to leave.

RedHotHornBlower
RedHotHornBlower
4 months ago

He didn’t until Peter Hill-Wood pissed in the whisky and announced to the world “We’re not going to break the bank to keep Robin Van Persie” who was at the time arguably the best striker in Europe. United won the title the following season as a direct consequence.

OnlyBeingHonest
OnlyBeingHonest
4 months ago
Reply to  Martin

Alex Song

SharpasFc
SharpasFc
4 months ago
Reply to  Dave M

It’s not the Arsenal way under Arteta..

Francesc
Francesc
4 months ago
Reply to  Tómas

Carried us to what? Top 4? Or EL? Nothing really.. neither this nor last season.. We are fucking level on pts with Newcastle after 22 games..

kaius
kaius
4 months ago
Reply to  Francesc

What kind of logic is this?

“Carried” refers to him being our most productive player scoring over 50% of our league goals over the last year. “Carried” could also refer to his Europa League semi-final hat-trick against Valencia that fired us to the Final giving us a shot at Champions League qualification.

Yes, in a squad with few natural goalscorers, Auba goals have CARRIED us when others couldn’t.

Francesc
Francesc
4 months ago
Reply to  kaius

Carrying is what van persie did for us in 11-12.. or what Messi has been doing for Barca for years.. hazard did for Chelsea for long time.. without whom things would drastically deteriorate.. it can’t get worse for us really, even if auba left..

GoonerJust
GoonerJust
4 months ago
Reply to  Tómas

Don’t sell him outright, let’s just do swap just like the Sanchez-for-Mikhi deal. But this time let’s do the Auba-for-Messi.

JB_
JB_
4 months ago
Reply to  Runzac

We’d be in the relegation zone without him this year, and that’s not even an exaggeration.

kaius
kaius
4 months ago
Reply to  JB_

It’s incredible that Barcelona, actual Barcelona, want to buy the Premier League Golden Boot winner from us and people are like “oh yeah sell him”. Absolutely incredible

Us Gooners need to stop acting like the club’s balance sheet is our primary concern. Our actual concern is points and climbing the table. Barca could offer 100m and it would still be a bad deal because we’d have to spend at least that to replace his missing goals!

Rich
Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  kaius

It’s about timing, and how you want to setup your team. If Aubameyang won’t renew? Realistically we’ll have to sell him in the summer anyway. If you renew Aubameyang for 3.5 years, paying him £17million a year? That’s an investment of £59.5million, at which point he’ll be almost 34, and won’t hold any value., and if you wish to sell him beforehand? You won’t be able to, see Ozil as an example….. At some point he’ll dip physically, which isn’t ideal for a wide player in this league, so it’s about timing…. If you can get £70mill? That gives you… Read more »

kaius
kaius
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Yes there’s a sound economic argument for selling a player like Aubameyang, but you can’t make the argument using only economic reasoning – because the value or worth of a player is not just the currency value of his contract. Players have sporting values as well! And right now Auba is worth about 250m to this club in sporting terms. Economic analysis alone just isn’t persuasive, and neither is the comparison with Ozil. Even if he sees out his contract and leaves on a free, Auba has been one of the best investments we’ve made in the transfer market in… Read more »

TOGooner
TOGooner
4 months ago
Reply to  kaius

Thats 100% spot on, kaius. I don’t understand how can someone actually consider this a good idea. Selling your best player at a fragile time mid season to rat fuck Barcelona??? U guys want to get relegated? There’s is a very outside chance we qualify for CL, and win Europa, or maybe a trophy, or maybe finish over fucking Tottenham at least! How do u expect the coach to tell his players to be up for it, after selling Auba? How do you convince your youth prospects to stay here and not move to Dortmund Or Ajax, where there’s more… Read more »

Francesc
Francesc
4 months ago
Reply to  JB_

Doesnt work like that.. somebody else would have stepped up..

kaius
kaius
4 months ago
Reply to  Francesc

The players who’ve scored more league goals than Auba this season across Europe are guys like Lewandowski, Timo Werner, Vardy, Ronaldo and Aguero.

but yeah we’ll be fine without him – we’ll just recall Tyreece John-Jules from Lincoln City

chris
chris
4 months ago
Reply to  Runzac

If* We win tonight, we’ll be 7 pts behind 4th, I wouldn’t say it’s over given the woeful inconsistency of everyone else. I believe Auba will be 32 when he finishes his contract with us and in 71apps, he’s scored 46 goals and 10 assists, that is amazing considering what’s been going on. To boot, most of those goals haven’t been down to his blistering pace. I would keep him personally, his experience and goals are priceless to us and if he wants a move for free in a season when he’s turning 33, I’ll wish him well. You never… Read more »

Kran stoenke
Kran stoenke
4 months ago
Reply to  chris

Absolutely Chris. I’m 100% sure martinelli wouldn’t be the martinelli we know today if it wasn’t for aubameyang. There are so many intangible things that auba adds to the squad off field and on the field like giving up penalties for laca and pepe that he’s indispensable to the current arsenal side.

A Different George
A Different George
4 months ago
Reply to  chris

It is amazing to me that people seem unaware that Chelsea, Spurs, and Man United have all had horrible stretches this season, some worse than ours. It was always ridiculous to think Chelsea would be as good a team after losing Hazard; Man United are without Pogba and now Rashford, Spurs are without Kane. (I think Leicester have probably done enough to stay in the top four–but in recent weeks they look like they will struggle to do so.)

GraeB
GraeB
4 months ago
Reply to  Runzac

The only swap I’d take is for VAR/referees – with that in our favour we’d be 5th in the league already.

BikAFC
BikAFC
4 months ago
Reply to  Runzac

You can’t build for the future without the europe football money

Kran stoenke
Kran stoenke
4 months ago
Reply to  Runzac

Anologus with ‘shoot yourself in the knee as you’re going to the hospital anyways’ lad. Unless we are talking about coutinho tier money it’s not even worth selling auba to them in the summer let alone a bollox loan deal in the winter

DaDude
DaDude
4 months ago
Reply to  Runzac

Why do you say no european football next season? We could still win the Europa League for CL entry, we could win the FA Cup for EL entry and with a bit of luck (CL starter wins League and FA Cup) the 7th place in the league would actually be enough to get an EL spot for next season. I agree that all three of those routes need a swift and drastic change of form and also – for lack of a better term – “more luck with results” in the remaining games. (I refer to ref / var decisions… Read more »

nullvinho
nullvinho
4 months ago

Something tells me we kept Nketiah as insurance in case our hand is forced by a big bid. Would be crazy if we sold in January.

Takeshita
Takeshita
4 months ago
Reply to  nullvinho

And also the fact that Andrew has given only 7 poos getting me worried a bit. Was expecting a runny, smelly poo above 10.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
4 months ago
Reply to  Takeshita

Turn it up to 11

Ourchildrensworld
4 months ago
Reply to  nullvinho

Yeah. There’s a concern that this turns into a saga if Auba even suggests he wants a move. He’s told the press he wants to stay previously but in the face of concrete interest from the world’s biggest team, he might change his tune. And while he’s always been nothing but professional for us, an agitated Aubameyang is not what we need in our dressing room – ask Dortmund. Could be our last window to get big money. Lemar and Upacemecano type money… Finally replace Cazorla type money… I would genuinely rather keep him but it’ll be very interesting to… Read more »

Dave cee
Dave cee
4 months ago

I.d happily sell him for big money.

para
para
4 months ago

It will be probably Arsenal who “persuades” Auba to be sold, they are aware of the player’s ambitions, or even a mutual thing.

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey
4 months ago

I don’t want him to leave but if we got a crazy offer such as Liverpool got for Coutinho then I’d understand if we took it.

Lettra
Lettra
4 months ago
Reply to  MeSoHornsey

Yeah give us that Coutinho Money

Preferably next january .

PeteyB
PeteyB
4 months ago
Reply to  MeSoHornsey

Would be tough to see him go,but I agree if offer is north of 100m you’d have to consider it seriously. Eddie and Martinelli can maybe pick up some of the slack… Maybe there would be enough time to splash 40-50m on a replacement.

Jokerzn
Jokerzn
4 months ago
Reply to  PeteyB

Who would you buy for 40-50m?

Cultured determination
Cultured determination
4 months ago
Reply to  MeSoHornsey

Yup. Only for maybe 80 to 100 mil, or 50 mil + dembele.

Viva la Prof
Viva la Prof
4 months ago

I hope he stays with all of my heart, he’s cool as fuck, scores a fuck ton of goals in the most dysfunctional arsenal team ever assembled, appears to give no fucks what people think yet expertly isn’t a dick about it. He suits us, and we suit him. I hope he feels the same about us, that’s certainly how it looks to me. And also Barca, fuck off!! They just buy everybody now what happened to the famed marzipan academy or whatever you call it? Barca dna my ring piece

Duno
Duno
4 months ago
Reply to  Viva la Prof

Hahahaha! Couldn’t have said it better. Every fucking single thing.

Benriz
Benriz
4 months ago
Reply to  Viva la Prof

100% this!

C.B.
C.B.
4 months ago

If Arteta says we need European football next season then this will mean that we won’t get it, given Auba’s %age of our goals

H2k
H2k
4 months ago

£100M+ and I think it is worth debating it. Anything less than that, right now we cannot as a team contemplate it when we are trying to get back into the CL.

Pooner
Pooner
4 months ago
Reply to  H2k

If Barca are willing to give us all their CL money for the next three years while we rebuild then it’s a deal.

Dave
Dave
4 months ago
Reply to  H2k

Problem is we’d need to invest immediately. And everyone would know we are desperate and flush. See Liverpool and Andy Carroll.

Arsemusic
Arsemusic
4 months ago

It’s been a difficult season and it could still go either way. With out his goals we have no chance. We’ve got plenty wrong recently but with Arteta now in place its beginning to look better.Auba with a bit of luck and a better balanced team could still get us to a final or back into Europe for next season.

GraeB
GraeB
4 months ago
Reply to  Arsemusic

I’d take Europe but only if it’s CL – EL again I could live without: my European geography has improved sufficiently to avoid the need for more obscure trips.

Rich
Rich
4 months ago

I’d sell him for £60-£70mill I love Aubameyang, but I’ve not been convinced of him playing wide, I think it unbalances us, and something has to give. £60-£70mill for a 30yr old is good business, at some point soon he’s going to dip physically, Alexis’s physicality dropped through the floor rapidly at a similar age. Stylistically the benchmark in the wide areas are Salah, Mane, Sane, Sterling, Mahrez, players like Ribery + Robben in their pomp, and I think Rashford’s getting there as well. Firmino for me is the benchmark No9, Lacazette does a lot of thankless work, and I… Read more »

Dave cee
Dave cee
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

This. Exactly.

Grymelock
Grymelock
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

I was going to thumb down, but then I Googled and found out that Sanchez is older than Aubameyang?! How did I miss that??
Hard to argue with anything you’ve said. Especially as I’m reminded of other teams’ chase for the title without European football to contend with.

Another Paul
Another Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Rabiot is dressing room nightmare

Rich
Rich
4 months ago
Reply to  Another Paul

Yeah but if Rabiot had Xhaka’s professionalism and work ethic? Then he’d already be playing for Barca or Real Madrid. I think it’s worth a punt, he’s 6ft+, brilliant on the ball, very quick and powerful, and breaks quickly when he intercepts, he’s also at a good age, and level of experience. We’re desperate for more energy and drive through the centre of the pitch, and sometimes the only chance you can’t afford not to take, is to not take any. Willock and Smith-Rowe move well with the ball, but look a little off on experience still. And there’s signs… Read more »

Dave
Dave
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Someone’s been playing Championship Manager again…

loose_cannon
loose_cannon
4 months ago
Reply to  Rich

If we’re selling him in January it has to be for Coutinho money, an offer too good to turn down, we’re talking £100m+. We could probably still get £60-£70mill for him in the summer if it came to it, so no point selling for that now. Also can’t see Upamecano coming now when RB Leipzig are top of the Bundasliga, nor do I see us selling Xhaka either unless it’s stupid money.

Jeremy
Jeremy
4 months ago

If it’s 100 million plus, sell. I like Auba, but his value will only decrease, and he won’t get faster with age (pace being one of his main assets). We are not getting top 4 this year and we are not winning the Europa so the remainder of this season is about 1) Not getting relegated 2) Giving the kids loads of experience 3) Improving performances game by game. Someone will step up in his absence, they always do.

Oregoon
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy

Yes. Barcelona wants him so much? Make them over pay. That is their style.

Vonnie
Vonnie
4 months ago
Reply to  Jeremy

Why can’t we get top four, and why can’t we win the Europa League? It would need a bit of luck but it’s possible, why be so negative all the time?

Luke
Luke
4 months ago

This will be an unpopular opinion but, i’d rather lose auba than laca if one has to go.

Pooner
Pooner
4 months ago
Reply to  Luke

You prefer the striker who doesn’t score to the one who has scored more goals than any other player in the league since his arrival?

para
para
4 months ago
Reply to  Luke

I actually think auba is being “presented” for sale and barca is biting. This is what clubs do. Arsenal have to recap monies.

Joe71
Joe71
4 months ago

Very risky isn’t it? We have been down this road before. People forget that we were in desperate situations when players ran down their contracts back then. E.g. we could have sold Ramsey earlier, but you can see we are never the same without him. We would easily get third last season if he was not injured, and yes we will be bottom of the league if not for Auba! But with Sanchez and Ozil, we got it wrong because we could have let them go much earlier. Can we use the Auba money to buy better players when we… Read more »

COYG 1001
COYG 1001
4 months ago

Win today, we are in the mix, and keep him. Lose today, and have to sell for the right price. Took time and money to build Rome. We are going to need some jingle jangle to rebuild. Comes through winning … or selling and reinvesting

Possession
Possession
4 months ago

Really can’t see Barcelona making a 100m euro bid but if they do the board will take it given past mistakes I reckon. The lad Martinelli looks to have it all except experience so he may get that sooner rather than later.

Chidi
Chidi
4 months ago

I’d rather lose auba much later on a free than sell him to barca now who think they can just wake up one morning and want anyone cos their striker’s out injured.

KongoKim
KongoKim
4 months ago

Isn’t his dad or granddad a big real madrid fan? Also a factor i guess.

Francesc
Francesc
4 months ago

Swap with griezmann

SLC Gooner
SLC Gooner
4 months ago

Seems unlikely to me. But as already pointed out, if Barca were really willing to put down a huge sum(say over 75M), I think we’d have to consider it. We need some serious rebuilding, and it’s entirely possible we could get to next January with no CL, Auba still not signed, and risk losing him for nothing.
I’d hate to see him go, as he’s a favorite player, and we don’t have any great replacements, but we might have to think about it.

Ealing
Ealing
4 months ago
Reply to  SLC Gooner

We are already £60 million short for not selling Sanchez. If above £60 we take the money

I'm 14 Again
I'm 14 Again
4 months ago

Two words

Fuck off Scum…

OK, I admit my math was a bit off there… Still, fuck off!

Theghostinside
Theghostinside
4 months ago

Now that is some serious bullshit right there. 100 % made up story. ? We would NEVER let him go. Besides I do not think he would want to leave going after his latest comments. Funny how inventing stories is called journalism. ?

Steve Morpurgo
Steve Morpurgo
4 months ago

Barca can ‘target’ all they want, we don’t have to take their money and exactly who could we get to replace him in January?

SFGiants
SFGiants
4 months ago

Waiting for claims of Auba’s Barcelona DNA.

Brendan
Brendan
4 months ago

I’d take the money if it north of $60M. We often sell too late. I dont think Auba’s best years are in front of him, I’d rather sell high, take the money, and get defenders. We’ve spent the lion’s share of our transfer $$ on forwards, and while we brought in a few bargains in the back, we havent really paid top dollar for a defensive prospect ($25M tierney is big, but not huge, and that was for a player injured at the time. Saliba, great prospect, another $25M. Again, relative to our striker fees in Auba, Laca, and Pepe.… Read more »

Ealing
Ealing
4 months ago
Reply to  Brendan

Sell Auba in January. Xaha and Laca in summer. Spend £150 extra on rebuild

Santori
Santori
4 months ago

We will probably be able to hold on but until summer only. We will definitely see one of Lacazette or Aubameyang leave at minimum. Reconstruction could be complicated for us. we are no longer an attractive proposition for many players. There are other options not least the likes of Everton even willing to spend and show ambition to hire Ancelotti to compete. Too many Arsenal fans were self indulgent and spoilt. We had issues with Wenger but he was extremely consistent through 22 odd years mostly qualifying for top 4 till very end and part of those seasons were complicated… Read more »

Fuck barca
Fuck barca
4 months ago

We shouldn’t sell just to spite the cunts. I hate that fucking club.

jon
jon
4 months ago

I love the guy. With his unwavering positive attitude, he is the new Cazorla. Selling him would mean tipping the mentality of the team towards players that use 50% of their energy raging at the referee.

para
para
4 months ago

If Barca (or anyone else) makes a big enough bid, then Auba will go. This way Arsenal can make the needed buys.
Eddie coming back is a precaution?
Or omen?

Thierrys_Tears
Thierrys_Tears
4 months ago

A rumour like this brings into specific relief the mess that is Arsenal. It seems as though whatever decision made moving forward is of massive importance. If Auba brought enough cash we could fill several needs around the pitch. If he stays he is a top talent with little creativity and defense behind him and the pressure of carrying the team. Ownership has backed themselves into a difficult corner. The hope is that Arteta is strong enough to know what/who he needs moving forward and can convince owners to back his play.

Henry Root
Henry Root
4 months ago

And they want a loan not a sale. The economics woukd suggest this is mind-boggingly stupid.

Obama Young
4 months ago

No point on speculating on 100 million pound offers– Barcelona want us to LOAN him, per Charles Watts on twitter:
https://twitter.com/ZRAFC/status/1219623392137170946

Loan. That’s about the most insulting offer they could have made.

Since they want to waste our time with ludicrous insulting offers, we should counter by offering them a bag of used balls for Messi.

Billy Bob
Billy Bob
4 months ago

For 200 million MAYBE

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag
4 months ago

“Pierre, would you like to stay here with Xhaka and Mustafi or go play with literally the greatest footballer to ever live?”
“But Mustafi is already at Arsenal?” replied Aubamayang before laughing whilst signing a lucrative contract to play Champions League Football and live in the Sun.

MonkeyJoe
MonkeyJoe
4 months ago

Sell sell sell. He is done. Get as much as we can from mugs and move on. We have better strikers in squad. Martinelli to name the few. Thanks Auba but SELL!