Barcelona have contacted Arsenal to offer them a pair of their costliest-ever stars in an effort to secure a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang swap deal, according to a report.
The striker’s future looks uncertain after he was stripped of the captaincy recently following a disciplinary breach. Aubameyang has also been left at home for the last three Premier League matches as part of the punishment.
As such, it’s no surprise to see a number of big-name suitors reportedly considering approaches.
Indeed, Aubameyang is understood to be a target for Italian clubs Milan, Inter and Roma.
There is also interest from Spain too, with Barcelona seemingly keen.
With this in mind, reports on Thursday claim the Gunners, despite the best wishes of Mikel Arteta, have placed Aubameyang on the transfer list.
And with the Gunners open to offers, his three-year spell at Emirates Stadium appears likely to come to an end.
Now, according to the Daily Mirror, Barca are the first side to make their move. And they appear ready to get creative to in order to secure his signature by offering Arsenal their pick of two players.
As per the report, Barca are offering Arteta one of two players in exchange in the form of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
Coutinho has been a major disappointment since signing for the Catalans in a deal worth up to £142m. And with the January window approaching, a parting of ways once again looks possible.
Ousmane Dembele is reportedly the other player on offer at Barcelona. Having cost £105m six months earlier, he too has struggled to find his best form since moving to the Nou Camp.
Aubameyang swap not on Arteta’s mind
Despite his exclusion from the squad, Arteta is refusing to rule out a return for Aubamayeng to the squad for the Boxing Day trip to Norwich.
Arteta said: “We will go game by game. And I’ll decide the squad as we get closer to the game.”
Arteta also insists everyone at Arsenal deserves a chance at redemption. Furtermore, he is at pains to suggest he is willing to keep an open mind on Aubameyang.
“That’s because we usually talk on MD-1, that’s when we decide the squad,” he added.
“We have shown in this club, everybody can makes mistakes. We have different ways of thinking and acting. I’m completely open to that, it’s not about that (having to make an apology).”
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