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Barcelona are eyeing a January move for Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang according to reports.
With Arsenal struggling to keep pace in the race for a Champions League spot and Aubameyang yet to commit his future to the club, the La Liga have been linked with a bid for the forward.
Aubameyang, who was appointed as the new Arsenal captain to replace Granit Xhaka this week, has been linked with a move to Spain as both Real Madrid and Barcelona look to bolster their attacking options.
And according to outlet El Chiringuito , the Gabon forward is on Barcelona’s radar as a potential replacement for Luis Suarez as the Uruguayan approaches the latter stages of his career.
Barca’s summer signing Antoine Griezmann is also struggling for form, which could push head coach Ernesto Valverde to contemplate a January move for Aubameyang.
But former Arsenal transfer chief Sven Mislintat previously suggested his selfless attitude might not be a good fit at Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Speaking to The Athletic , he said: “He is one, possibly the only one, of these extraordinary top, top, top strikers who is an absolute team player.
“A striker like Neymar or (Sergio) Aguero, for example, would never give a penalty to Pepe to score his first goal. It’s vice versa — ‘Come on, I will take this penalty kick, nobody else!’ Auba gave the chance to Pepe.
“His instinct was, ‘Let’s score and let’s go forward together.’ He takes care about his team-mates.
“Since he joined Arsenal, he played where he was asked and needed, and so he helped especially Lacazette to adapt to the Premier League.
“Maybe this attitude costs him to play for clubs like Real Madrid or Barcelona but maybe they made a mistake not to go for him. I like his mindset. It is good for a team’s atmosphere.”
“Aubameyang carries the dream to play for Madrid. It stems from a pledge that he might one day represent that club.
“He promised his grandfather that he would play for Real Madrid and since he was a little boy, he spoke about Madrid and never about Barcelona,” his mother once explained. “My family have always been Real Madrid.”