Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants Arsenal to sign Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele, according to a report.
Fresh from helping Arsenal win the FA Cup on Saturday the two-goal hero has asked the Gunners to pursue a move for the Barcelona attacker. That’s the news via French outlet Le10 Sport.
There remains a huge question mark surrounding the future of Aubameyang, who took his goal tally to 29 with his brace at Wembley in the FA Cup final.
Aubameyang, 31, is out of contract next summer and he was asked about his own future on Saturday, but gave nothing away.
He said: “Nothing. Just today and the trophy. That’s it!”
In a later interview, though, boss Mikel Arteta claimed to be confident that Aubameyang wants to stay.
“He knows what I think about him,” Arteta said. “I want to build the squad around him. I think he wants to stay and it is just about getting the deal done.
“But I think these moments will help him to realise and believe that we are in the right path and he is a big part of that. He is loved by everybody at the club. Hopefully he can continue with us.”
And part of keeping the Gabon hitman may well be assurances about squad strengthening.
Arteta’s men finished eighth in the Premier League and a massive 43 points behind champions Liverpool.
Six to go?
The Gunners are looking to strengthen their side and Arteta could wield the axe on as many as six Arsenal first-teamers as he reshapes his squad.
And it’s claimed Aubameyang, who played with Dembele at Borussia Dortmund, wants to be reunited with the 23-year-old.
The report indicates that Aubameyang “dreams” of Dembele’s signing becoming a reality in north London.
According to Sport, the LaLiga champions will place Dembele on the transfer list this summer, even though the player would prefer to stay at Camp Nou.
Marca also recently claimed “the Frenchman is one of the transferable footballers on the squad” and the Spanish publication say Barca will take a cut-price €60m for the troublesome Frenchman – a loss of €80m on the player.