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The £92m Barcelona transfer move that could be bad news for Arsenal

The summer transfer window will give Mikel Arteta the opportunity to properly mould his Arsenal side.

The Spaniard replaced countryman Unai Emery at the Emirates in December and has only had two months and a January transfer window in which to make his mark on the squad so far.

When it comes to the end of the season, Arteta will have a full pre-season campaign and a transfer window in which to make new signings and put his stamp on the Arsenal side as they aim to get back among the Premier League elite.

Arsenal are stuck in mid-table mediocrity so far this season – 10th with 13 games left to play.

Arteta has improved things since taking the reins, but results are yet to move in the right direction.

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He could only bring in loan signings during the January transfer window – Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari coming in with a view to making both moves permanent in the summer.

William Saliba will finally arrive at the club after spending the season on loan with Saint Etienne, while Arteta is sure to be on the lookout for more big name players.

However, he may also have to contend with the possibility of big-name players leaving the Emirates.

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One player coming to the end of his contract at the Emirates, with his current deal due to expire at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – the captain and club’s top scorer.

There has been no indication of a breakthrough in talks between the player and the club over a contract extension and a number of clubs have shown an interest in him.

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Aubameyang was the subject of interest from Barcelona during the January transfer window, with reports that the Catalan club were ready to test Arsenal’s resolve with an audacious bid for him.

He stayed put, although Arsenal will brace themselves for bids again in the summer, bids they may not be able to turn down.

Aubameyang is not the only player on Barcelona’s wishlist, but any thoughts of a move for Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez being good news for Arsenal have been quashed.

Martinez reportedly has a £92.3million release clause, with Barca keen to activate it this summer. That would mean their interest in Aubameyang ends – good news right?

Wrong. Martinez’s departure would leave Inter with a big hole in their front-line, a hole they are keen to fill with Aubameyang, according to La Gazetta dello Sport.

Antonio Conte has already convinced the likes of Christian Eriksen, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to leave the Premier League and join him in challenging Juventus for the Serie A title. Could Aubameyang join the Premier League revolution in Milan too?