Arsenal offered £247m duo in Aubameyang swap

Arsenal have been offered a swap deal by Barcelona if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang moves to the Catalans in January.

Barca are said to be interested in a loan move for Aubameyang after he was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy over his latest disciplinary breach.

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The Gabon international – who will shortly leave to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations – is currently training away from the first team and looks set to leave the club.

Barcelona have agreed a deal with Manchester City for Ferran Torres, but new manager Xavi wants another forward in January with Aubameyang among the possible arrivals.

With the La Liga club’s finances restricted, to say the least, the Mirror claim they are willing to offer the Gunners a choice of two players as makeweights in any deal.

Philippe Coutinho – who moved to the Nou Camp for £142m from Liverpool in January 2018 – has consistently been linked with a return to the Premier League and is one of the candidates available as an option to Arsenal.

And Ousmane Dembele – signed for £105m from Borussia Dortmund – is said to be the other player put forward by Barcelona.

Coutinho and Dembele have both struggled for form and, in Dembele’s case in particular, for fitness, in their time at Barcelona, but are undoubtedly talented footballers who could benefit from a fresh start.

Despite Aubamayeng being jettisoned from the squad to train alone, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta refused to rule out the possibility of Aubameyang making the squad for the Boxing Day trip to Norwich.

Arteta said: “We will go game by game and we will decide the squad as we get closer to the game.”

When it was pointed out his answer was more open than his previous responses to questions on his former skipper, Arteta replied: “That’s because we usually talk on MD-1, that’s when we decide the squad.

“We have shown in this club, everybody can makes mistakes and have different ways of thinking and acting, I’m completely open to that, it’s not about that (having to make an apology).”


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