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Barcelona Transfer Rumour: Wenger agrees to Aubameyang’s request to sign Barcelona youngster

Arsenal will look to sign promising Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele in the coming summer, a report from Don Balon claims.

The forward joined Barcelona last summer from Borussia Dortmund for an initial fee of £96 million. However, his time at Camp Nou has been marred by injuries so far. However, that doesn't mean that he is will be at a loss os suitors as many have hailed the young Frenchman as the 'next Lionel Messi'.

According to Don Balon, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the new Gunner is hopeful of linking up with Dembele at the Emirates Stadium after having teamed up with him at Dortmund. And the Gabon international has made his request for the same to Arsene Wenger.

And the Spanish publication claims that Wenger has given a positive reply to Aubameyang's request for the potential swoop. 

The Arsenal boss reportedly hopes to mould Dembele into the 'next Thierry Henry'.

Barcelona are believed to be willing to let the Frenchman leave with Coutinho claiming his spot in the team and Antoine Griezmann largely expected to arrive next summer.

The Catalans, however, will look recoup a portion of the large amount they had spent on the youngster. And Don Balon claims the Gunner will look to negotiate a move for around £53.3m – a  drop in value of more than £40m for the youngster. 

Dembele spent one season with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund following a move from Ligue 1 side Rennes in 2016. The 20-year-old impressed in the yellow and black of the club, hitting 10 goals and chipping in with 21 assists in 49 appearances for the Bundesliga side.

He, however, left under acromonious conditions after going on strike to force a move to Barca and was criticised by Aubameyang for the same.

'Everyone was a little bit scared by his departure,' Aubameyang told RMC last September. 

“He had an agreement with the club that if Barcelona came, they would not prevent him from leaving.

“Afterwards, everyone said it was not the best thing that he did (to go on strike).

“I think this is true, since he had only to speak first with Dortmund to know if they were going to let him go.

“If they had said no, I could have understood what he did. I think he did it a little too early.

“But hey, it's my buddy, so I will not smash him! [laughs] I understand it totally because it's his dream (to move to Barcelona).

“He has realised it now and I'm very happy for him.”

 

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