Pierre Emerick Aubameyang arrives in Barcelona as Arsenal striker nears loan deal


Has Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘done an Odemwingie’? Barcelona bosses are said to be SURPRISED The Arsenal striker has traveled to Spain, despite the fact that they have not yet reached a deal to sign him, as he desperately seeks a way out of the Emirates.

  • Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is closing in on a loan move to Barcelona
  • The 32-year-old was photographed arriving in Catalonia on the day of the transfer deadline.
  • Barça managers debate how to fit the Gabonese striker into their salary cap
  • Aubameyang is willing to cut his salary by £350,000 a week
  • Barcelona’s decision does not depend on the departure of Ousmane Dembele


Barcelona are reportedly surprised that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already arrived in Spain as he looks to facilitate a loan move from Arsenal before the January window closes tonight.

Barca’s financial directors discussed this morning how to fit Aubameyang into their salary cap when the Gabonese striker arrived in Catalonia on Monday morning.

And in a photo circulating on social media on the day of the transfer deadline, the 32-year-old was already in Barcelona posing for photos, but reports in Spain say that Barca did not expect Aubameyang to appear and neither did the Arsenal, bring back memories of Peter Odemwingie’s famous QPR transfer saga in 2013.

Barcelona directors are discussing how to fit Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into their salary cap

Barcelona are reportedly surprised that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already arrived in Spain.

Barcelona is reportedly surprised that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already arrived in Spain (right)

It brings back memories of Peter Odemwingie's famous QPR transfer saga in 2013

It brings back memories of Peter Odemwingie’s famous QPR transfer saga in 2013

Aubameyang, close to joining Xavi’s LaLiga giants on loan until the end of the season

The Arsenal striker is still waiting to finalize his loan and is willing to take a cut in his estimated salary of £350,000 a week to make it happen if need be.

Barcelona’s decision does not depend on the departure of Ousmane Dembele, but losing his salary would make their financial equation easier to solve.

Dembélé’s representatives are still in contact with Paris St Germain about a possible transfer.

Barcelona have been asking for a fee of £16.5m but are open to proposals. Trades with players have so far been ruled out with names like Ángel Di María, Mauro Icardi and Juan Bernat all floating around.

Eddie Nketiah is likely to stay at Arsenal should Aubameyang leave, despite Crystal Palace’s request.

Barcelona's decision on Aubameyang does not depend on the departure of Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona’s decision on Aubameyang does not depend on the departure of Ousmane Dembele

Arsenal have been looking to move Aubameyang ever since manager Mikel Arteta pulled him from the squad and stripped him of the captaincy following a lack of discipline.

Barcelona have had a busy transfer window, signing Spanish striker Ferran Torres from Manchester City for £55m, despite much-publicized financial troubles that forced them to part ways with Lionel Messi last year.

They have also brought Adama Traore back to the club where he began his career, on loan from Wolves.

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