Sergioe Aguero (and Lionel Messi)
Barcelona’s plan this season was to have Argentine due Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero as their striking options.
Financial issues let Messi to join PSG on a free transfer whilst health issues have led to Aguero’s early retirement.
That has left the Spanish giants with on-loan Luuk De Jong and Man U flop Memphis Depay upfront.
Barcelona have scored just 28 La Liga goals this season – 11 less than league leaders Real Madrid.
They need someone to fire them up; both on and off the pitch. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be that man.
But they have no money
Barcelona’s big problem is they are financial screwed. They reportedly owe over £1bn.
That led them to spend just £10m over the summer on transfer; signing Emerson Royale who they then immediately sold on to Spurs doubling their money.
Their 3 big signings – Aguero, Eric Garcia and Depay – were all free transfers.
They do not have the cash to pay upfront and no club would give them credit or allow them to pay in installements.
With Aubameyang’s issues and high wages, Arsenal might look to get rid without a fee – either a free transfer or an 18 month loan deal with no fee.
There are not too many players of Aubameyang’s level that Barcelona could afford.
And they can afford to pay Aubameyang
One of the biggest questions surrounding an Aubameyang exit is “who could afford his wages?”
Despite not having money to buy players, Aubameyang’s wages could be covered by Barcelona.
Aguero retiring would have freed up some wages for them – and the Argentinian has likely had to repay any signing on fee.
There is also the money Barcelona had set aside for Messi.
With no transfer fee, Barcelona will find the money to pay Aubameyang’s wages.
And Auba will want to go
One of the issues with Mesut Ozil is no half-decent club came in for him; hence why he ended up playing for a mid-table team in a 3rd world league.
Ozil preferred to play fortnite in London than take a mover to a lesser side earlier than what he did.
Barcelona, despite their troubles, are still a huge club. One that kids like Aubameyang would have dreamed playing for when they grew up.
He would not take too much persuasion to join Barcelona.
A loan deal suits all parties
From Barcelona’s point of view, they can not afford a transfer fee on a big name January signing. Aubameyang is the best and biggest name they would be able to afford.
With 18-months left on his Arsenal deal, Arsenal would be happy to just get his wages off the books and Aubameyang away from the club.
Whilst Aubameyang would be attracted to another stage of his career that has taken him from Italy to France, Germany and England. Playing in front of the Nou Camp in the famous colours of Barcelona.
An 18-month loan deal with no fee and Barcelona paying 100% of his wages makes complete sense for all parties involved.