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Barcelona want to buy Arsenal captain Aubameyang this week

Barcelona want to buy Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this week.

The Mirror says Barca are targeting a new frontman with Luis Suarez injured and see Aubameyang, 30, as the perfect candidate ahead of Friday night's transfer deadline.

The Gabon marksman, currently suspended, is by far Arsenal's top scorer with 16 goals in all competitions this season - but he has yet to sign a new deal and shows little sign of doing so.

Barca fear Arsenal would still value Aubameyang at over £50million, a price they wouldn't be prepared to pay with under 18 months left on his contract.

But the Catalan club are also well aware that Aubameyang is desperate to play Champions League football again.

Mikel Arteta has made it clear he wants to keep “committed" Aubameyang but the emergence of 18-year-old Gabriel Martinelli, scorer of 10 goals from his 21 appearances this season, could influence the thinking of the Gunners' hierarchy.

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