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Arsenal set their 'minimum' price for Barcelona target Aubameyang

Arsenal have reportedly set a ‘minimum’ price of €55 million for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Barcelona prepare to reignite their interest in the forward this summer.

The Gabon international is considering his future at the club following a disappointing season in north London, the Gunners currently ninth in the Premier League and facing the likely prospect of a fourth consecutive season without Champions League football.

Aubameyang had held talks with the club’s hierarchy over an extension to his current deal which will have just a year to run at the end of the season, though talks have stalled as the club captain contemplates a departure after two-and-a-half years at the Emirates.

Barcelona officials are believed to have held talks with the 30-year-old’s representatives as they considered replacements for the injured Luis Suarez in January, and the Catalan side could now return in the summer.

According to Catalan publication, Sport, Arsenal are wary about losing the player on a free transfer in 2021 should a new deal be unable to be agreed and will consider the sale of the club’s top scorer should their minimum value be met.

That figure is believed to be around €55m (£50m), though Barcelona will encourage the player to agitate for a move in order to bring that price-tag down and secure a move to the Camp Nou.

Aubameyang finished as the joint-leading scorer in the Premier League last season alongside Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, and has scored 61 goals in just 96 appearances in all competitions since his arrival at the club.

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