Barça finalizes Aubameyang signing and stays with Dembélé

“Mateu told me it looks like we’re doing this. Mateu is doing miracles,” a euphoric preacher Joan Laporta before Barça, in the time constraint of the market, the arrival of negotiations Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Gabonese goal scorer (32 years old), who was thrown away by Arsenal.

Mateu is Mateu Alemany, the football director of the Barça club, who specified the details of Aubameyang’s arrival. Because he has been released from the London club, Barça can sign him when he has finalized the details of his personal deal for a year and a half, although the deadline for him to enter the UEFA list for the Europa League is next. February 2 is.

With nine, though Xavi prefers to have Morata, but neither Atlético nor Juventus agreed to the operation, and also with Ousmane Dembele. The Frenchman refused to accept all the way out that Barça offered him, especially in the Premier.

But he also did not want to go to Chelsea or Tottenham, so he will exhaust the last five months of his contract and leave a big question for Xavi: What to do with Ousmane? Although the Barça club does not rule out until they grant him the letter of freedom, as revealed by journalist Xavi Torres in the program We of Sport 3.

Aubameyang He will sign for a year and a half, despite the fact that Barça wanted him to do so only until June. Arsenal wanted to distance themselves from its former captain, and so it eventually received the letter of freedom, which forced the Barça club to expand its commitment more than it had planned.

Although the last day of the Barça market was marked by tension and uncertainty. A medical examination, for example, was scheduled for five o’clock in the afternoon for the former English club striker, but it was eventually done at night.

The former Arsenal striker would sign for a year and a half, despite Barça only wanting him until June

Meanwhile, in the offices of the sports city of Sant Joan Despí, Mateu Alemany, Barça’s director of football, led operations. Time was short for him. He was accompanied at all times by Jordi Cruyff, director of exploration internationally, although his figure is beginning to gain weight little by little in the sports organization map of Barça, controlled, yes, by Alemany.

Negotiations with Aubameyang have been complicated over the last few hours as he has to get the release letter from Arsenal

Finished the evening training, the first of Adama Traore as a Barça player, Xavi Y Hscar Hernández, his brother and assistant coach, went to Alemany’s office while Laporta attended the newspaper gala Sports world where the azulgrana was awarded Alexia Putellas as the best athlete next to the canoeist Saul Craviotto. “It looks like it will be done, it seems,” Laporta predicted from the podium. “When the gala is over, we will go and sign,” the leader added, while Alemany and Jordi Cruyff continued to negotiate.

A negotiation that has been complicated the last few hours. Aubameyang He came for six months and in the end he signed for a year and a half. Why? Because Arsenal wanted to sever any contractual ties with their former captain, which caused talks to stall. The goal scorer was willing to lower his salary until June, and many. But he did not agree to do so anymore, so he is guaranteed to recover part of his salary next season.

Xavi wanted to be informed at the time of the outcome of the negotiations as soon as it was accepted that Dembélé would stay. Barcelona could not succeed in convincing the French striker to pack his bags and leave Camp Nou. “Dembélé? We have suggested several solutions and the last one is that he goes to an English club,” Laporta emphasized, accepting that “the player must accept it.”

Dembélé gets away with it and stays at Barça, which now causes a problem for Xavi to run the group

But Ousmane got away with it. It’s not going anywhere. He also did not consider the possibility of ending up at Tottenham or Chelsea, clubs that were interested in him, as Laporta himself admitted. The light in Alemany’s office, located in the upper area of ​​the sports city of Sant Joan Despí, was still on because the deadline was on him. And this is no exaggeration, so repeat the same tense process that was experienced in the summer when Griezman loaned to Atlético de Madrid and Luuk de Jong appeared from Sevilla, also as a loan.

Midnight approached from Monday to Tuesday, just in time, yes, to announce the signing of Aubameyang, the fourth addition to the cramped winter market to which Barça had gone in search of the Premier market. Came from Manchester City Fernando (55 million), from Wolverhampton appears Adam (free) and Arsenal captured Aubameyang in the last breath.

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But only three of these reinforcements will allow the Barça club to register with UEFA to play Napoli in February. Such one remains. Who does not feel there is enough Dembele, for whom Barça pushed in every possible way to get him to leave. He, to his. From dribble to dribble without leaving Camp Nou. And the question is: is Xavi going to play him?

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