Report: Arsenal now ask club if they want to sign 'superb' Gunners star
Newcastle United are prepared to pay a large portion of the wages to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on loan from Arsenal, but the Daily Star reports that the Gunners would rather send the striker to Barcelona this month.
As things stand, it is hard to see Aubameyang playing for the Gunners again. The striker has not featured since early December. He spent several weeks on the sidelines. And he was stripped of the captaincy. He is currently on international duty.
Arsenal do lack striker options right now. However, the Daily Star reports that they are pushing to bring Dusan Vlahovic to the club. It was reported this week that they are prepared to break the bank for the £70 million-rated Serbian.
And with that, Arsenal may sell Aubameyang. Newcastle are keen to take the 32-year-old on loan. And the Daily Star reports that they will cover the bulk of his £300,000-a-week wages.
However, the report claims that the Gunners would rather send Aubameyang elsewhere. They are not keen to loan him to a Premier League rival while battling for the top four.
Barcelona have been approached about signing the forward, who Mikel Arteta previously labelled ‘superb‘, insisting last year that he would be a big part of the club’s future.
The Daily Star suggests that Barca need to offload more players before making any signings.
Arsenal loaning Aubameyang to Newcastle could prove inspired
Arsenal may be wary of loaning Aubameyang to Newcastle. It may not be the best look if he finds form, and the Gunners endure a dip at any stage.
However, there is an obvious upside to a loan move to Tyneside. Newcastle must still face West Ham, Chelsea and Tottenham.
If Aubameyang signed and impressed in those games, he could ultimately help Arsenal in their top four push.
Loaning him to a Premier League rival in a completely different battle is surely better than holding onto him. It may also boost their hopes of a permanent sale.
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