Barcelona transfer talk news roundup: Philippe Coutinho, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
A report claims that Arsenal have not yet offered Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a new contract as the club captain’s existing deal continues to tick down. The Gabon international, a £56m signing from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, is set to become a free agent at the end of next season.
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also supposedly interested. Aubameyang wants to win major trophies – something that Arsenal have been unable to offer him – while the Gunners cannot afford to increase his wages due to the financial impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Aubameyang has scored 61 goals in just 97 games for Arsenal.
Report: Lionel Messi’s Barcelona exit clause expires
Barcelona board have previously admitted that the Argentina international could potentially have left the club for nothing at the end of the season if his exit clause was triggered.
Messi has spent his entire senior career at Camp Nou and has another year to run on the four-year deal that he signed in 2017. The 32-year-old revealed that he came close to leaving Barcelona four years ago.
Agent: ‘Philippe Coutinho wants Premier League return’
Philippe Coutinho “has a desire to come back to the Premier League”, the Barcelona midfielder’s agent Kia Joorabchian reveals.
Real Madrid to rival Chelsea for Barcelona’s Xavier Mbuyamba?
Real Madrid are among a number of clubs who are ready to rival Chelsea for Barcelona youngster Xavier Mbuyamba, according to the defender’s agent.