Aubameyang’s loan to Barcelona from Arsenal breaks down over wages

Barcelona and Arsenal have resumed talks over Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s proposed loan, after a move appeared to have broken down with the clubs unable to reach an agreement on how to split his wage.

Aubameyang, who is out of the picture at Arsenal on disciplinary grounds, earns about £300,000 a week.

The striker has travelled to Barcelona in the hope of completing a loan until the end of the season.

It is understood he also has family in the city.

Barcelona’s president, Joan Laporta, said with about four hours of the window remaining that the club’s director of football, Mateu Alemany, was optimistic of getting the deal done.

Aubameyang has been exiled at Arsenal by Mikel Arteta, who stripped him of the captaincy citing a lack of commitment, and a transfer would suit all parties. The Saudi club Al-Nassr offered Aubameyang an exit route but the player, who has a contract until the end of next season, rejected that.

Barcelona and Arsenal remain open in principle to a loan even if the Catalan club’s financial difficulties have made things extremely complicated.

Aubameyang was diagnosed with heart lesions after recovering from Covid-19 at the Africa Cup of Nations but went on to say he was “absolutely fine” and “completely healthy”.

Barcelona are trying to find a taker for Ousmane Dembélé, who has declined to extend his contract beyond the summer, but the Frenchman has no interest in joining Arsenal. Laporta said there was a proposal from a Premier League club for the player to consider.

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