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Transfer Rumors: Arsenal Star Tops Barcelona's List Of Strikers To Replace Luis Suarez

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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.