European champions Barcelona are pondering a move for Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer, as claimed by Mundo Deportivo.
Aubameyang, an Arsenal target, was linked with a move out of the Westfalenstadion in the summer with the Emirates touted as his likely destination, but the Gabonese forward decided to remain in the Bundesliga.
Now Barcelona have joined the growing list of potential suitors that Arsenal will have to fend off in order to sign Aubameyang.
The Catalan giants are currently serving a transfer ban which prevented them from making any official signings, although Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal – who were brought in in the summer from Atletico Madrid and Sevilla respectively – will be registered with the La Liga giants in January, when the club will be free from the shackles of the ban.
Barcelona currently possess the deadliest attacking trio in world football in four-time Best Player in the World Lionel Messi, Uruguayan hitman Luis Suarez and Brazil whizz Neymar, with the trio responsible for 81 league goals last season.
But with Messi out for about two months with injury, Barca have become wary of options should one of their three havoc-wrecking trio becomes unavailable for selection.
And this has alerted Luis Enrique’s side to the availability of Aubameyang – who has bagged ten goals in eight games this term – and therefore ready to make an offer for the Gabon international at the end of the season.
Arsenal also want the 26-year old forward and to be fair, the north London club could lose out to Barcelona in the race to sign him. Hence, going all out for Auba in January would be best for Arsene Wenger’s side, considering the Blaugrana are only planning a summer raid.
Wenger knows the Gunners need a potent goal poacher like Auba and letting him slip from their grasp will be nothing but silly, given the injury problems of Danny Welbeck and the inconsistencies oozed by Olivier Giroud.
The Dortmund striker will reportedly cost between £30m to £35m and Arsenal should comfortably afford that, given that they loosen their purse strings to sign only Petr Cech in the summer – meaning the Gunners still have enough in their transfer war-chest.