Just when Arsenal fans were about to dismiss rumours from Spain that suggested Barcelona want Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sky Sports backed that claim on their website last night.
The Arsenal skipper, labelled as ‘superb’ by Mikel Arteta, was our best player in each of his first three seasons with us. He was absolutely outstanding, but ever since the start of last campaign, he has looked nothing like his previous self.
Auba still has two years left on his contract, but the report claims that Barca are eyeing a move for him. However, they are only interested in a swap deal, which would see ex-Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho come our way.
That is a bad deal on so many different levels. Arsenal will be the big losers if this goes through, but thankfully, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has completely contradicted Sky Sports’ claim about the situation.
Fabrizio Romano: Barcelona are not trying to sign Aubameyang
Barcelona definitely need a striker in this window, their manager Ronald Koeman has publically admitted that (Sport). However, Romano has revealed that their priority is completely different at the moment.
The Catalans are £1.15 billion in debt now. They need to raise funds immediately, which can only happen through player sales. That is their main priority at the moment, not a deal for Aubameyang.
The Insider’s View:
It is hard to imagine Arsenal actively trying to sell Aubameyang this summer. However, based on his performances over the last 12 months, many at the club may be open to letting him leave if a good enough offer arrives.
A swap deal for Coutinho, however, is an offer we shouldn’t even consider. Don’t get us wrong, the Brazilian is a fantastic player who has thrived in the Premier League in the past, but he is past his prime and it makes no sense for us to sign him.
Romano and Sky Sports have completely contradicted each other and it will be interesting to see who ends up being right. Speaking on behalf of most Arsenal fans, we hope it’s the former.