• Barcelona is interested in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but on certain conditions
  • Barca may opt for a loan deal to tap the services Aubameyang
  • Aubameyang's rift with Mikel Arteta is reportedly worse than it looks

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's future with Arsenal is not looking bright.

A possible exit looms in the eyes of critics and one team that could take a chance is Barcelona.

Barca appears to have renewed interest in the Gabonese captain who may be up for grabs.

It would not be the first time for the Catalan giants, considering they tried to lure Aubameyang to Camp Nou last year.

In that previous report here on International Business Times, Barca was willing to pay as much as $446,000 a week.

But a lot has changed since then with Aubameyang struggling and out of form.

Hence, a potential move to Blaugrana may only materialize but under different circumstances. That could be a lower weekly wage or taking in the 32-year-old striker on loan from the Gunners.

Barcelona is looking for two new forwards in the January transfer window to fill the void left by Sergio Aguero.

The 33-year-old striker was forced to retire last week due to a heart condition.

Aubameyang would make sense if he is fit and ready to play.

Also, it appears bridges have been burned between the Gabonese and Gunners boss Mikel Arteta.

According to former English national team member Danny Mills, Aubameyang is on the bad side of the Gunners coach after allegedly “slapping him in the face.”

“If he works incredibly hard, knuckles down, and shows that he’s incredibly sorry–then there’s a chance of him repairing that damage,” Mills said to Football Insider. “But it can’t keep happening. It’s an ongoing thing. You could hear it in Arteta’s voice, he was a little bit hurt and disappointed.”

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang demolished Leeds
Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang demolished Leeds POOL / Catherine Ivill

It is the latest surprising update to Aubemyang’s status since being stripped of the Gunners’ captaincy.

He has been grounded due to a disciplinary breach, and there is no telling what the future holds.

The Gabonese is reportedly now training alone and is unlikely to return to the first team until after the Africa Cup of Nations.