Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been increasingly linked with Barcelona during the January transfer window but Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has dismissed reports claiming that Aubameyang has agreed to leave the club in order to join the Catalan giants.
Earlier this week, reports in Spain claimed that Aubameyang has already been in contact with Barcelona and has told the Spanish club that he would be willing to join them. The 30-year-old will have just one year left on his contract at the end of the season, and the striker has reportedly told the Gunners that he is keen to leave in order to boost his chances of winning a major trophy.
The La Liga giants are on the hunt for a new center-forward after Luis Suarez has been ruled out until the end of the season. Despite having Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann in their ranks, reports have linked them with a loan bid to sign Aubameyang.
Barça like 'Auba', who shares a good friendship with Dembélé and Umtiti, better than Valencia's Rodrigo (28). Barcelona think they can obtain the services of the Gabonese forward if he expresses his desire to leave. [md]— barcacentre (@barcacentre) January 21, 2020
But Arteta is adamant that Aubameyang is happy at Arsenal and the striker is not looking to leave. The Gunners boss said, "As far as I know, I think a week ago, we were discussing that he said he was so happy, that he didn’t agree with the things that were being written in the media, that he has his future here."
Meanwhile, former Tottenham and Manchester United striker, Dimitar Berbatov has issued a warning to Barcelona over their continued pursuit of the 30-year-old, and has warned the Spanish giants that they will have to manage any player they bring in carefully.
"You would have to manage the players and their egos, this is the situation with big clubs and you need to be really good with man-management," Berbatov told Betfair.
"I'm not counting Messi in that though, because he will always be the first on the team sheet, even with one leg. You don't want unhappy players on your hands that's for sure."