Arsenal could sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona this summer – simply to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Talismanic striker and club captain Aubameyang has just one year remaining on his contract at the Emirates and extending his deal is the Gunners’ priority over the next few weeks.
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They qualified for next season’s Europa League by winning the FA Cup – Aubameyang scoring both of Arsenal’s goals in the final – which has put the north Londoners in a position of strength ahead of contract negotiations getting under way.
However, the lack of Champions League football and Aubameyang’s desire to play at that level means he also has power in negotiations, and the Gabon forward wants assurances from Arsenal before committing his future to the club.
Most of these assurances concern Arsenal’s transfer business, with Aubameyang wanting to see good recruitment this summer so the Gunners become truly competitive.
And he even has his own transfer ‘dream’, according to Le10 Sport in France, with Auba wanting to play alongside Barcelona ace Dembele.
Dembele, the France forward, has long been linked with a move to the Premier League
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Dembele does not want to leave Camp Nou, but Barca may have to cash in on him to fund a summer swoop for Internazionale forward Lautaro Martinez.
The report adds that Arsenal are working to ‘satisfy’ Aubameyang, as club chiefs know keeping hold of their talismanic striker will depend on them catering to his demands.