Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will not stand in the way of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving the club this month, 90min understand.
Aubameyang missed the club’s season opener against Brentford after he was ruled out late with an illness, along with Alexandre Lacazette, and the couple’s involvement in the match against Chelsea on Sunday is uncertain.
Arsenal signed Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, and the current Arsenal captain agreed on an extension of his contract with the club last year. He has two years left on that contract, worth around £ 350,000 a week, and is one of the highest paid players in the Premier League.
90min, however, has learned that Aubameyang and Arteta have had disagreements in recent months, and now there are serious doubts about how much football the 32-year-old will see before the transfer window closes.
Club manager Edu is working behind the scenes with a possible exit plan for the Gabon star. As you can see with a number of players on large salaries this summer, however, it is not always so easy to move players who have such a substantial salary. That’s for sure with Aubameyang.
The financial commitments make it extremely difficult for Arsenal to find a club to manage.
Barcelona have had a long interest in the player, but their current financial situation means that it is unlikely that they would take such a large salary package.
It has been suggested that Barcelona could replace Philippe Coutinho, who has the same salary and is of interest to Arsenal, but 90 minutes has been told that it would be an extremely difficult situation to agree with all sides. As it stands, the two clubs have not spoken directly about any such deal.
Arsenal are now in a situation where they can once again pay their highest earner to sit on the sidelines; something they had to go through with Mesut Ozil for more than a year towards the end of their stay at the club.