REAL MADRID and Barcelona are set to go head-to-head in a transfer battle over Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports.
Next summer, the 30-year-old will move into the last year of the Gunners deal he signed after leaving Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
Talks are believed to be ongoing over a new £200,000-a-week contract but it is thought the Gabon star is waiting to see whether Arsenal qualify for the Champions League this season.
And according to Spanish outlet El Desmarque, as cited by Sky Sports, Spanish giants Real and Barca are both interested and could make an offer next summer.
Nou Camp chiefs are already thought to be eyeing Aubameyang as a replacement for veteran striker Luis Suarez.
But his mother has previously spoken of her son’s dream to play for Los Blancos after he promised his grandfather he would feature for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
She told Spanish radio station El Larguero in 2016: “My family have always been Real Madrid and I would like to see him in white.
“He promised his grandfather that he would play for Real Madrid and since he was a little boy he spoke about Madrid and never about Barcelona.”
Arsenal fans are already concerned that Aubameyang will fall victim to the club’s “captain’s curse” amid rumours some of the squad were unconvinced by their new skipper.
The star man, recently handed the armband after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the captaincy, has been forced to defend his close relationship with controversial channel AFTV.
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But Alexandre Lacazette backed his strike partner by insisting Aubameyang is an excellent choice to wear the armband.
“It’s a good thing because he’s a leader on the pitch,” He told the club website.
“I think he has the capacity to be a really good captain. Then also he was the second in command when it came to the captaincy, so it was a natural move forward.”
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