Barcelona sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a three-year deal
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a free agent at the time signing with Barcelona
- The Gabon striker wanted to leave Arsenal after being ignored from the first team since December 6
- Aubameyang has signed a contract until June 2025
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s bid to leave Arsenal has finally come to end as Barcelona on Wednesday signed the striker on a free transfer. Aubameyang has signed a contract until June 2025, with a buyout clause set at €100 million.
On Monday, the deadline of the transfer window, it was reported that the negotiation between Barcelona and Arsenal over Aubameyang had failed.
The Gabon striker, however, flew to Catalonia on Monday to make it clear that he doesn’t wish to stay back at the Emirates Stadium. Barcelona, on Wednesday, said in a statement that the club and player have "an option to agree departure" in 2023.
Arsenal had been looking for a club for Aubameyang after his relationship with manager Mikel Arteta deteriorated. In December, Aubameyang was also stripped of the captaincy following a series of disciplinary issues. Since then he had not been part of Arsenal’s first team. As his future with Arsenal looked bleak, Aubameyang were desperate to leave the club.
"We wish Auba all the best for the next chapter in his career and thank him for his contribution to the club,” Arsenal confirmed Aubameyang's departure on Tuesday.
Aubameyang, who had 18 months remaining on his Arsenal contract, has not played for the club since December 6 and was allowed to play for Gabon in the Africa Cup of Nations after medical tests had shown he had cardiac lesions. He had previously tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Cameroon for the tournament.
He later took to social media to say that he was "absolutely fine" and he had been given a clean bill of health after further tests in London.
January was a busy month for Barcelona, with Aubameyang joining Adama Traore from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ferran Torres from Manchester City at the club. Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele is set to stay at Camp Nou for the remainder of the season.