Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘is still hopeful of summer move to Barcelona’ as talks over new Arsenal contract stall with LaLiga club potentially having to look at other options if Lautaro Martinez is too expensive
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has yet to commit to a new contract with Arsenal
- The 31-year-old striker’s current deal at the Emirates expires next summer
- Reports in Spain suggest Aubameyang has his heart set on Barcelona move
- He is Barcelona’s second choice if Lautaro Martinez proves too expensive
- Inter Milan striker comes with a £100m release clause if he is to move this year
The Gabon international, who has scored 25 goals in all competitions for the Gunners this season, has yet to commit his future to the Premier League club.
And, according to Spanish newspaper Diario Sport, the 31-year-old still has his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp.
Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ‘is hopeful of a summer move to Barcelona’
The story featured at the bottom of the front cover of Wednesday’s Diario Sport in Spain
The story featured on the front page of their Wednesday edition with the headline ‘Aubameyang still hopes to join Barcelona.’
It has been reported that Aubameyang is Barcelona’s second choice if they fail in their efforts to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan this summer.
The Arsenal captain’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires next summer and so time is running out for Arsenal to sell him at his full value.
Talks over a contract extension have faltered with Arsenal only able to qualify for the Europa League next season if they beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez remains Barcelona’s No 1 target for the summer
Aubameyang scores for Arsenal against Manchester City in Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final
Mikel Arteta has spoken about his desire to sort out Aubameyang’s future as soon as possible
Martinez has a €111million (£100m) release clause in his contract and with Barcelona taking a considerable financial hit following the Covid-19 crisis, it is far from certain they can match that.
So the Catalans, who missed out on the LaLiga title to rivals Real Madrid, may look elsewhere.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said this week he wants Aubameyang’s future resolved as quickly as possible to ‘calm’ the striker.
The Spaniard said: ‘The quicker we do it for me personally the better because the player will be more focused, more determined and more calm.
‘But we have to respect the timings as well and the needs that the football club has.’