Barcelona confirm transfer interest in Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is wanted by Barcelona
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is wanted by Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona have confirmed they remain interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after failing to prise the Arsenal captain away from the north London club in January.

The Gabon international has enjoyed another prolific season with the Gunners, despite the club’s ongoing struggles in the Premier League.

Aubameyang turns 31 in the summer and is desperate to play Champions League football again, a prospect that already looks remote for Mikel Arteta’s side who are languishing in mid-table obscurity.

Barcelona, who will be without Luis Suarez for the remainder of the current campaign, reportedly made a move for Aubameyang last month but were firmly rebuffed.

Publicly Aubameyang has maintained he is content with life at Arsenal but with talks over a contract extension having stalled Barcelona are likely to test the waters again come the summer, according to the club’s sporting director Eric Abidal.

Barcelona will be without Luis Suarez for the rest of the season
Barcelona will be without Luis Suarez for the rest of the season (Picture: Getty)

‘It is logical that in summer a ‘9’ will come. It is a necessity. We know that [Luis] Suarez will come back strong, but you have to bring a top player in the summer,’ Abidal told Sport.

‘We do not know if it will be young or experienced. We only look at the talent and adaptation they may have. We must think that some top players have come and have not adapted well.

‘I know him (Aubameyang). He has a profile that has depth. He is important, and in his team he is decisive.

‘It is good to bring this profile of player who can be in the market and can help you. We’ll see what will happen.’

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