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Arsenal outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang agrees loan transfer with Barcleona but LaLiga giants must lose Dembele first

ARSENAL outcast Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly reached an agreement with Barcelona over a loan deal until the end of the season.

However the transfer is said to depend on whether contract rebel Ousmane Dembele, who is set to become a free agent, departs before the winter window closes.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could swap Arsenal for Barcelona on loan before the transfer window slams shutCredit: PA
Aubameyang's arrival at the Nou Camp reportedly depends on whether Ousmane Dembele leaves

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Aubameyang’s arrival at the Nou Camp reportedly depends on whether Ousmane Dembele leavesCredit: AFP

The Gunners are keen to offload Aubameyang with the axed skipper not in Mikel Arteta’s plans due to disciplinary issues.

With his last outing for the club coming on December 6, the North Londoners are determined to get his £350,000-a-week wages off their books.

Barcelona are known to be interested in the 32-year-old, with the LaLiga giants as well as Juventus submitting formal approaches to secure his services.

And according to Spanish reporter Gerard Romero, the Gabon international has agreed to link up with the Blaugrana.

But the Catalan club will only bring him to the Nou Camp should Aubameyang’s former Borussia Dortmund team-mate Demebes leaves.

Romero tweeted: “Aubameyang enters if Ousmane leaves.

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“Barca has a closed economic agreement with the player, until June on loan. Conditions that can allow your arrival.

“Arsenal needs the footballer to leave.”

Dembele has been heavily linked with a Barca exit, with reports on Saturday stating that Manchester United, Chelsea and Newcastle are fighting over him.

Should Dembele remain in Spain, Aubameyang could depart to the Middle East where Saudi Arabian clubs Al Nassr and Al Hilal are desperate to land him.

And according to CBS Sports’ James Benge, Al Nassr have made a last-ditch effort to persuade him to join, which includes a European return clause.

He posted on social media on Saturday: “Al Nassr have made a final offer to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“They are prepared to match his Arsenal salary and include a break clause after 12 months that would allow him to return to Europe.

“Same offer on table for Arsenal. Saudi transfer deadline is tomorrow.

“The contract offer is three-and-a-half-years. As reported at the start of the week, Aubameyang’s concerns about moving to Saudi Arabia have been personal as well as professional.

“Al Nassr have spent several weeks working to allay those fears but no guarantees it’ll get done.”

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