As it was relatively visible after the announcement of Luís Suárez’s injury – who will be absent for at least 4 months – Barcelona will have to make some moves on the transfer market still during January, in order to compensate for that deficiency, since they don’t have any other striker on the roster.
Aubameyang might be a good choice and not very expensive
Yes, Arsenal’s fantastic Gabonese attacker is a crucial piece of the Gunners who are now led by Mikel Arteta, but at 30 years of age and with only 1 more year of contract, Arsenal can’t exactly demand a lot of money from the Catalan club.
In fact, the club from London can even take advantage of this 2nd half of the season to start preparing for the upcoming season, already analyzing which players they want to maintain and which ones they want to get rid of at the end of the season.
That’s because Arsenal is currently in 10th place of the Premier League and they could hardly have the ambition of finishing in a Champions League spot for 2020/21.
That way, this idea of roster renovation can make things easier for Aubameyang’s deal, with the striker standing out for the English club, scoring a lot of goals and sometimes carrying a team that has been amorphous on the pitch.
The 30-year old attacker has already scored 57 goals in 91 matches for the Gunners, that way following up on the good records he had on his successful stay at Borussia Dortmund.
This is a very quick player that is very efficient when it comes to finishing and that can benefit from playing in the company of stars such as Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann or Ousmane Dembélé who should naturally serve him with quality, besides opening up spaces on the opposing defences for his lethal appearances near the goal.
Similar to Luís Suárez
Aubameyang has various aspects in common with the Uruguayan Luís Suárez, since he will be coming from the Premier League where he is certainly used to a strong playing rhythm and that can be important for his quick adaptation.
Besides that, he is an equally explosive player that’s capable of combining very well with his attacking teammates, which means, he is a complete forward with every characteristic to fit perfectly on the Blaugrana attacking front.
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And with the Uruguayan attacker out of Quique Setién’s options for the next couple of months, Aubameyang will have a golden opportunity of fighting for very important trophies as a key element of Barcelona’s attack.
Barça will face off against Napoli on the 8th finals of the competition in February. However, the Neapolitan side is going through a crisis of results and they’re playing very poorly, and they can prove to be a much easier prey than it was expected at the start.
Timing can be perfect
Besides joining the team to rectify a vacancy where he will probably be the only viable option, Aubameyang will also have in his favour the fact that the Catalan club has recently switched manager and is going through a process relearning stage.
As it is known, the Spaniard Quique Setién has a perfectly identified playstyle that he should want to replicate in Barcelona, which means Ernesto Valverde’s style will now be dismantled gradually.
That way, Aubameyang will be somewhat on equal terms with his teammates in the sense that they will all still be in the process of relearning the instructions of the new manager of the club.
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Setién stood out as Real Betis’ manager for his attacking methods and for playing with a style very similar to Pep Guardiola’s tiki-taka, which means ball possession and time spent on the opposing midfield can be even more of a reality for Barcelona in the near future.
Maybe that’s why signing an attacker like Aubameyang – capable of holding on to the ball and make good triangulations with his teammates – can be ideal for the implementation of this new system.
Alternatives are also identified
In case Barcelona don’t reach an agreement to sign the Gabonese attacker, there are already some other targets identified, with the most likely options being Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud or the Spaniard Rodrigo from Valencia.
In fact, all of them have good characteristics to fit Barcelona’s system. Rodrigo Moreno is more of a finisher that can a lot of times escape in between the opposing defences, while Giroud would probably work as more of a facilitator for Messi & co.’s moves rather than a goal scorer.
We’ll see what’s the final decision of the club, but the better option seems to clearly be finding an experienced attacker that could get on the starting lineup immediately instead of a promising youngster who is still looking to improve.