Barcelona ‘cool interest in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to focus on summer move for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez’, leaving door open for Manchester United
- Barcelona are reportedly ready to focus their efforts on Lautaro Martinez
- The Inter Milan striker has emerged as a primary target for the Spanish giants
- That means the club are set to ‘cool interest’ in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Barcelona have ‘cooled interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as they prioritise a move for Lautaro Martinez’ this summer.
The Gunners could cash in on their star man with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2021 and with Barcelona dropping interest, it comes as a boost to another reported suitor, Manchester United.
Barcelona are reportedly set to drop their interest in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Spanish giants are believed to favour a switch for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez
The report details how Arsenal feel Barcelona have persistently ‘tried to unsettle’ the Gabon striker with links of a move to LaLiga ahead of next season.
Aubameyang has insisted he is happy in north London but the 30-year-old is yet to commit to a new contract and the club could move him on, rather than see him follow the lead of Aaron Ramsey and leave on a free transfer.
Arsenal paid Borussia Dortmund a club record fee of £56million for the Gabon international in January 2018.
Along with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in signing the striker and would be able to offer him Champions League football assuming the competition goes ahead as planned next season.
Aubameyang is entering the final year of his contract but he has yet to commit to fresh terms
He has started all bar two Premier League games this season and would be in-demand, even given his age, should he be made available come the off-season.
Aubameyang already has 20 goals in all competitions for 2019-2020 after scoring 31 times in the previous campaign.
Head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu wanted the club captain to commit his long-term future to the Gunners but Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham have also insisted they will avoid repeating the situations of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere who both left on a free transfer.
Mesut Ozil, Bukayo Saka, Shkodran Mustafi and Reiss Nelson are also out of contract in 2021 but there is more urgency to sort out Aubameyang’s future.
For Barcelona, their focus is reportedly 22-year-old striker Martinez.
He has been one of the best performers in Serie A this season as Inter produced a fierce title battle with Juventus.
Barcelona boss Quique Setien is in need of reinforcements in attack due to major injuries
Inter manager Antonio Conte is determined to retain the services of the Argentine forward but the report details how Barcelona have made acquiring Martinez a priority ahead of any move for Aubameyang.
Quique Setien is under no illusions that he needs to bolster his attacking options come the end of the season.
Such was the club’s crisis this season, Spanish football chiefs granted Barcelona the chance to make a signing outside of the January window due to long-term problems for both Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona paid the release clause for Leganes striker Martin Braithwaite to ease their forward crisis; it is an area they are focused on addressing ahead of the 2021-22 season.
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