Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang completes his move to Barcelona, signing a three-year deal with an 18-month break clause and a buy-out fee of €100million after the striker’s contract with Arsenal was terminated
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is officially a Barcelona player on an 18-month deal
- He hasn’t played for Arsenal since December 6 after a fall-out with Mikel Arteta
- Aubameyang now spearheads Barcelona’s bid to reach the Champions League
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Arsenal nightmare is over, with the striker joining Spanish giants Barcelona on a free transfer and signing a three-year contract with an 18-month break clause.
Barcelona have confirmed the deal on Wednesday with a video captioned ‘It’s Auba Time’. They announced the deal outside of the transfer window in Europe closing because Aubameyang was classed as a free agent after his deal at Arsenal was terminated.
The Catalan club added: ‘The player will sign a contract until 30 June 2025 with an option to agree departure on 30 June 2023 and his buy-out clause will be set at 100 million euros.’
Aubameyang was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy in December by manager Mikel Arteta, ordered to train alone and left out of their camp in Dubai and returning late from a club-approved trip to France.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Barcelona has finally been confirmed
Aubameyang hasn’t played for Arsenal since December 6 after falling out with Mikel Arteta
Aubameyang was in Barcelona on Monday with his move in the balance
The 32-year-old was pictured in Barcelona on Monday – to the surprise of both Arsenal and the Spanish side – but it left him well placed to undergo a medical and complete his move.
He had another year on his Arsenal contract, which was worth £350,000-a-week and has taken a cut on those terms to join Barcelona.
In Spain, Aubameyang will spearhead the drive from Xavi’s side to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
After a rocky start to the campaign, Barcelona are just a point outside the top four and play fourth-place Atletico Madrid on Sunday in a blockbuster showdown.
It is, at present, unclear if Aubameyang will be fit enough to make his debut this weekend. While he has been training alone during his Arsenal exile, he hasn’t played competitively since an 85th minute substitute appearance in a 2-1 defeat by Everton on December 6.
At one stage on Monday, the deal was considered off and Arsenal were preparing for the prospect of having to patch things up and reintegrate Aubameyang.
Aubameyang scored 92 goals in 163 games across four years playing for Arsenal
The deal appeared to have collapsed as the two sides failed to reach a compromise over how to split Aubameyang’s wages, with Barcelona struggling to produce an amount that satisfied Arsenal and also complied with their own financial restrictions.
However, talks were eventually revived and they closed in on common ground.
Aubameyang was at Arsenal for four years and despite leaving on a sour note, scored 92 goals in 163 games for the club.
Allowing Aubameyang to leave without signing a replacement represents a huge gamble for Arteta and Arsenal and leaves them down to just two strikers – Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah – who are both out of contract at the end of the season