Barcelona upping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pursuit hands Chelsea huge transfer boost

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Barcelona have stepped up their bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal by despatching a director to London for talks with the Gunners. New Barca coach Xavi is desperate for a new striker and the club now want the Gunners outcast star after recently being turned down by Alvaro Morata.

Aubameyang is, unsurprisingly, keen on the move to the Nou Camp despite being the top earner in north London.

But as yet there is no agreement with Arsenal though it is understood the club are willing to sit down for talks.

Barcelona want to sign him on a six-month loan with an option to sign the player in the summer.

A stumbling block looks set to be the player’s price tag however, with the two sides still being some way apart on their valuation with Arsenal rating him just north of the £40million mark whereas Barcelona view his worth to be around £30m.

Barcelona are trying to sell Ousmane Dembele before the transfer window closes to balance the books for a new striker’s arrival, which will enabling them to adhere to La Liga’s registeration rules.

“It seems to us obvious that the player does not want to stay at Barcelona, is not committed to Barca’s future sporting project,” he told Barca TV.

“In this scenario, we communicated to him and his agents that he must leave immediately as we want players committed to this project. So we hope there is a transfer before January 30.”

The breakdown in relations appears to have hit a point of no return, with Dembele hitting back at Alemany in a statement released on Instagram.

“Gossip about me has been piling up for four years. It’s been four years since people have spoken for me, shamefully lied with one sole purpose, to harm me,” he wrote.

“As of today, it’s over. From today I will answer honestly, without giving in to any kind of blackmail. I am 24 years old and like every man I have flaws, imperfections.

“As you know, there are negotiations. I let my agent handle it, it’s his turf. My field is the ball, playing football, sharing moments of joy with my teammates. Above all, let’s focus on winning.”


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