Arsenal are reportedly ready to sell skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they look to raise funds for new players following their worst start to a season in their 118-year history.
According The Telegraph, Mikel Arteta’s side no longer consider Aubameyang indispensable and will not stand in his way if another club offers to buy him this summer.
The Gabon striker, who only 12 months ago signed a huge, new £350,000-per-week contract at the club, is understood to still be part of Mikel Arteta’s plans but will be sold if an acceptable offer is made.
Aubameyang endured his worst term as Gunners player last season, scoring just 15 goals, but has still attracted interest from Barcelona, who reportedly in market for new world-class centre-forward before the end of this month.
The Catalan giants boss Ronald Koeman, similarly to Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, is desperate to add fresh faces to his squad before the window slams shut and will be monitoring Aubameyang’s situation closely.
However, Aubameyang’s high wage demands will likely be problematic for Barcelona, who are in the midst of a financial crisis.
One way Ronald Koeman may be able to combat that is by offering a high-earner in exchange, with Sky Sports reporting last week that £145m flop Phillipe Coutinho could be used as makeweight in a deal for Aubameyang.
The 32-year-old centre-forward missed the opening-day loss at Brentford after testing positive for Covid-19 and was not fit enough to start in Sunday’s defeat by Chelsea at the Emirates.
Mikel Arteta is already under scrutiny following back-to-back defeats at the start of the Premier League season and is plotting a late window firesale to help balance the books and raise funds for potential additions.
The likes of Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah, Lucas Torreira, Willian and Ainsley Maitland-Niles could all depart if their valuations are met.
The Gunners have been the highest spenders in the Premier League this summer, after splashing out £135million on five new signings and are unlikely to make any further investments without selling players first.
The final few days of the window come amid mounting pressure on Mikel Arteta, after a group of angry supporters told him to ‘leave our club’ and blocked his car from leaving the Emirates Stadium on Sunday night.
It doesn’t get any easier for Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, with a trip to champions Manchester City on the weekend up next in the Premier League.