KEY POINTS

  • Manchester City joins Barcelona in the chase for Aubameyang
  • Aubameyang's salary will make it hard for him to move to another team
  • Barcelona is bent to make a successful swoop for Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal may find a hard time looking for a new home, assuming he leaves the Emirates Stadium.

Considering the hefty wages tied to the Gabon captain, only several teams may afford what the 32-year-old striker is commanding financially.

It appears at least two teams may be ready to meet that demand.

Barcelona has been linked to Aubameyang before, and the latest reports claim that Blaugranas plan to try again.

That could happen as early as the January transfer window with top brass Xavi Hernandez believed to be keenly monitoring his situation at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Barca is not the only one who is keeping tabs on the Gabonese’s situation. Manchester City is allegedly ready to battle Blaugrana for his services and may also make a swoop as early as January, Transfer Market Web reported.

Aside from the two clubs, Inter Milan and Juventus are also lurking.

Aubameyang still has one year left in his current contract with the Gunners. While there is interest in his services, matching his wages pegged at £12.58 million ($17 million) annually may be hard to meet.

Also worth adding is the fact that the Gunners captain is currently sitting out due to an injury.

He was stretched out in Gabon's 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over Libya last November 12, in what was initially seen as nothing serious.

However, the Gabonese were notably absent in their match against Egypt. There is no official word about the severity of his injury, and it is possible that he was not fielded in that game for precautionary reasons.

It remains to be seen if Aubameyang will also miss some games for Arsenal.

The Gunners are set to face Liverpool on Sunday, November 21.

Moving up: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has led Arsenal's revival Moving up: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has led Arsenal's revival Photo: AFP / Glyn KIRK