Arsenal are facing a lose-lose scenario in their bid to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The striker only has one year left on his contract and a host of European clubs are eyeing up a bargain deal this summer.
Sky Sports Italia claim Barcelona have placed Aubameyang as their firm plan B should they miss out on Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.
The Serie A side are desperate to keep hold of their 22-year-old hitman but they are powerless to prevent his £100million release clause being triggered.
Barca may not be able to spend big at the end of the season as they are on the brink of exceeding Financial Fair Play regulations.
If Quique Setien’s side do not offload any of their stars then they will have to look at alternatives.
And Aubameyang is seen as the ideal candidate to lead the line at the Nou Camp – and he should also be reasonably priced.
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The likelihood points to Barca not being able to afford Martinez and instead raiding the Gunners of their captain and top goalscorer.
However, there is another losing scenario for Arsenal in this transfer saga, according to Sky Sports Italia.
Inter apparently also want to sign Aubameyang, so if Barcelona capture their top target Martinez then there will still be an approach for the Gabon international.
Antonio Conte would prefer to keep hold of Martinez but should he leave he will reportedly look to do his shopping at the Emirates Stadium.
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Mikel Arteta is hoping to convince Aubameyang to remain in north London and pen a contract extension.
But with the prospect of no Champions League football to offer he may find it difficult to sell the 31-year-old his plan.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has recently offered Aubameyang advice on how to make his decision.
He said: “Listen everybody will do whatever they have to do. How am I going to say to somebody to stay when I left?
“Things happen, but that doesn’t kill the love you have for a place. But as an Arsenal fan you want them to stay.
“If you’re an Arsenal man you don’t want him to leave, but also the guy has a career and I don’t know what’s in his head or where he wants to go.
“But all I know is that we’re definitely going to miss his goals if he does leave.
“Because at the end of the day, I said it when I was at Sky, he was that kind of a thing. He does score goals and if you take the goals of Aubameyang away, it’s a tough one.”
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