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Barcelona Looking for Arsenal duo as swap deal

Barcelona Looking for Arsenal duo as swap deal

Barcelona has identified Arsenal forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as potential targets to bolster their frontline.

The Spanish publication report that Ronald Koeman, head coach of La Liga club Barcelona, is on the course for another striker, but a swoop will only be possible if out-of-favour Martin Braithwaite can get offloaded for a reasonable fee.

Sport detail that Arsenal is willing to part with the duo, as they’re not satisfied with either’s performances, which isn’t amazing after the pair struggles the previous season.

The Arsenal strike duo missed their season-opening defeat to Brentford as they were unwell, and it seems like the team in doubt for Chelsea, per Football. London and the Standard.

Barcelona has to sell Braithwaite first isn’t the only catch that comes with interest; Sports note that Barcelona would only be able to chase a swap deal for either Arsenal squad.

So even if they manage to let go, Martin Braithwaite, Barcelona would be banking on Arteta, and the Arsenal keen on players that the Blaugrana would be willing to give up.

After a season that they finished eighth and are no closer to returning to the Champions League picture, it appears that Arsenal will move on to their two highest-profile players.

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Last season, Alexandre Lacazette fared much better than his striker partner with 13 Premier League goals and two assists. While Aubameyang scored ten times in the top-flight and created three goals, the Arsenal captain endured dry spells in a season damaged by fitness issues and off-field controversies.

Read More: Manchester City prepared to pay €150m to sign Harry Kane.

Sport notes that the duo would be ‘delighted’ to represent Barcelona and that the La Liga powerhouses have negotiated with Arsenal over Aubameyang in the past.

While Lacazette seems like the more consistent option for the Gunners right now, the Frenchman is in the closing years of his contract with Arsenal, so the Emirates outfit is in a tricky spot.

Moving either Lacazette or Aubameyang on, regardless of their dwindling importance to the team, would mark a massive decision by Arsenal, as it would change the outlook of the unit considerably.

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