Arsenal are believed to be furious with Barcelona over their attempts to unsettle striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Barcelona confirmed their interest in the forward in January with director of football Eric Abidal saying: “There is a list with players like Giroud, Llorente or Aubameyang, but for one thing or another we decided not to sign. We believe it is the best for the club.”
Asked specifically about Aubameyang, he added: “I know him. I do not have much to do beyond sports. He has a profile that has depth.”
The Gabon striker wrote in the club’s programme in January that he was staying with Arsenal,but links to Barca have continued. Only this week Sport via The Metro claimed Arsenal have reluctantly held discussions with the LaLiga giants and told them they want £50m for Aubameyang.
The Daily Star though claim Arsenal officials are far from happy with the Catalan giants and think they are trying to lure the forward away from The Emirates.
The Arsenal skipper, who is about to enter the final year of his contract, has not signed an extension, but earlier this month boss Mikel Arteta urged the club to sit down with Aubameyang in a bid to tie him down to a new contract.
As yet though it’s unclear whether talks have begun, while Inter Milan have also been linked with him.
We will have to [hold talks] at some stage before the end of the season for sure and we will see the intentions that we have [and] his intentions,” Arteta said.
“Where we are sitting in [the table at] that moment. I think it is difficult to predict that context right now. For me it is very easy. I want to keep him under any circumstances.”
The 20-goal striker has started every Premier League game this season bar the two he missed after being suspended for his red card against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal could be forced to sell the attacker in the summer with his contract running down, and with the prospect of missing out on European football.
The board are very unlikely to sanction a free-transfer for the 30-year-old in June 2021 and so may have face the prospect of selling Aubameyang.