PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG has been spotted training with Barcelona before his transfer move has even been officially confirmed.
Arsenal terminated his contract yesterday to allow their axed skipper to join the LaLiga giants on a permanent basis for FREE.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already began training with BarcelonaCredit: PA
The star can be seen in the background as he took part in his first Barcelona training sessionCredit: Twitter @tjuanmarti
The Gabon forward, 32, ‘surprised’ the Gunners by flying to the Catalan capital on Monday morning to force through a move – exactly four years after moving to England.
His arrival is due to be officially announced later today after the star agreed personal terms.
However, Spanish journalist Toni Juanmartí has revealed on Twitter that Aubameyang has already had the opportunity to impress his new teammates out on the grass.
He shared an image from Barcelona’s training session earlier, and the ex-Borussia Dortmund man could clearly be seen in the background.
He captioned the photo with: “Aubemeyang did enter this morning with his teammates. He placed himself under Xavi’s orders despite not having been officially announced yet. He was very close to Dembélé throughout the morning.”
Arsenal refused to pay the majority of the money if their former captain was playing for the LaLiga giants.
But just when it looked as though the striker would be forced to return to London with his tail between his legs, Arsenal and Auba struck a remarkable compromise just three hours before the transfer window closes.
Arsenal simply allowed the outcast to leave, cancelling his contract as they did with Mesut Ozil a year ago.
Aubameyang severed all ties with Arsenal and will not be returning to the Emirates.
And that paved the way for Barcelona to negotiate directly with the player, who has essentially become a free agent.
There is an agreement for a permanent deal for an initial six months – with the option of a further year.
It means Arsenal will save themselves £26million in the wages which Aubameyang was due over the remaining 18 months of his contract.
But they have also written off a player who cost them £60m when he joined from Borussia Dortmund on this day in 2018.
It is understood that Aubameyang – the Gunners’ sixth January departure – is taking a massive pay cut to sign for Barcelona, who are operating under strict FFP regulations after reporting a £1.6billion financial loss last year.
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