Barcelona are keen to bring a new striker after Luis Suarez went down with an injury. Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is considered the biggest favorite to land in Catalonia.
Suarez was forced to undergo surgery after suffering a knee injury and is not expected to return to the action until April at the earliest.
Lionel Messi took his place up front in Quique Setien’s first game in charge, but club officials understand their staff isn’t enough to cover behind Messi and Antoine Griezmann. As a result, they want a new high-profile striker, and Mundo Deportivo claim Aubameyang is at the top of their wish list.
Even Setien is thought to have asked club executives to look for another striker and Barcelona have decided that they want an out-and-out striker rather than a winger or a false nine.
Director of football Eric Abidal has been working to identify potential signings this season. They were looking for a long-term replacement for Suárez even before his injury, but this situation has accelerated that process.
Abidal is said to be favoring a potential Aubameyang arrival. The Gabon international has fired 14 goals in 22 appearances for a struggling Arsenal side this season.
However, landing this guy won’t be an easy task. Arsenal would demand a huge fee to let him go this January, and Barcelona don’t have a lot of funds right now.
As a result, they are considering other options. Valencia’s Rodrigo, Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, and Napoli’s Fernando Llorente have all been discussed, but the club would obviously prefer to recruit Aubameyang.