REVEALED: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ALREADY training with Barcelona despite there being no official announcement of his signing, after Arsenal outcast flew out to Spain on transfer deadline day
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has started training with Barcelona after his Arsenal contract was terminated on deadline day on Monday
- Gabon striker was spotted in training session ahead of Atletico Madrid game
- There has been no official announcement that he has signed for Barcelona
- Aubameyang flew out to Spain on Monday after Arsenal let him leave
- He had been stripped of captaincy and cast out by manager Mikel Arteta
The striker travelled to Barcelona on transfer deadline day on Monday in anticipation of completing a switch to the LaLiga club after his contract was terminated by Arsenal.
And eagle-eyed journalist Toni Juanmarti spotted Aubameyang in the background of one of the pictures the club put out of Tuesday’s training session.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was spotted in the background of a picture put out by Barcelona as he trains with the club prior to an official announcement of his signing being made
He reported that Aubameyang spent time alongside Ousmane Dembele during the session, as coach Xavi prepares the side for this Sunday’s home fixture against Atletico Madrid.
Barcelona wrapped up the signing of Aubameyang on an 18-month deal after the termination of his Arsenal contract but an official announcement has been delayed.
He touched down in Spain on Monday morning but there was initially confusion over why he’d travelled with no agreement reached between the clubs at that point.
Aubameyang Arsenal’s £350,000-per-week contract was due to expire next summer, with the remaining time worth around £27million.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw his Arsenal contract terminated early on deadline day with manager Mikel Arteta, who had frozen him out, happy to see him move to Barcelona
The Gabon striker hadn’t played for Arsenal since Arteta stripped him of the captaincy
Arsenal were willing to let their former captain go on a free due to the saving they would make in wages.
Having agreed a settlement as part of the deal, Arsenal anticipate they will save around £20m, it is understood.
There appeared to be little chance of Aubameyang, 32, being reintegrated into the Arsenal team after manager Mikel Arteta stripped him of the captaincy in December following a breach of discipline.
He reported back late to Arsenal after an authorised visit to France and Arteta had not played him since.