It’s no secret that Arsenal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be looking to shake hands and say goodbye if a good transfer offer is put on the table this January.
He was subsequently isolated from the first team and hasn’t played for the Gunners since that incident last year.
The striker hoped to get off to flying start at the Africa Cup of Nations to remind everyone why Arsenal made him the club’s highest earner, but a combination of Covid and a ‘heart lesions’ has delayed his involvement.
With barely two weeks to the end of the January transfer window, there are clubs looking to exploit the situation and take the Gabonese forward away from the Emirates.
Here are five clubs that are looking at the players and looking to test Arsenal’s resolve even if it will mean breaking the bank.
The Old Lady is in the market for a proven goalscorer, having failed to replace the goals that Cristiano Ronaldo left with to Manchester United.
Juventus are fifth in the league table, with Italian papers reporting that a move for the beleaguered Arsenal man could help their push for a Champions League spot.
Paulo Dybala, despite playing only 16 league games, is the club’s highest scorer and the lack of goals in the team is thought to be harming the club’s season, with a deal for Aubameyang likely to be an upgrade to the forwards they have in their ranks.
Eddie Howe has blown £25million on Chris Woo,d but that signing is seen as the start of a very interesting winter transfer window for the Magpies.
Aubameyang’s agent is with him in Cameroon, and both have grown closer since the 32-year-old was stripped of his captaincy.
Already one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League, Newcastle will have to increase his already hefty wages or at least match them for him to move to the Premier League basement boys.
A loan with clauses could also be a way out with the newly-acquired Newcastle desperate for fire power and a statement signing.
Barcelona are struggling with their finances, but they are also struggling with goals.
Even though they signed Ferran Torres from Manchester City, they are said to still be in the transfer market looking for an experienced forward.
Not many thought Aubameyang would be up for sale, but given how the season has panned out they could do with his expertise.
The Gabonese striker has scored 68 Premier Leagues goals in 128 games, and could be the one to fill the void left by the sudden retirement of Sergio Aguero due to a heart problem.
The 32-year-old forward spent four-and-a-half special seasons in Germany with Dortmund, and still speaks fondly of the club.
He is still in touch with the bosses, and even though they have the highly sought after Erling Haaland, the Arsenal striker will jump at the chance to return to a place that helped establish him as one of the best finishers in the game.
Despite all that has happened recently, Aubameyang is the last player to win the Premier League Golden Boot at Arsenal since 2012, and was a key part of the FA Cup-winning team under Arteta.
AS Roma seem to like everything English Premier League players do.
They have raided Chelsea and Arsenal for Tammy Abraham and Ainsley Maitland-Niles and could be willing to take on the experienced Aubameyang.
The only issue with this move will be the player’s wages which will have to be significantly reduced if he wants to join Jose Mourinho’s project.
As things stand, Aubameyang is just concentrating on getting on the pitch against Morocco tomorrow but talks on his future will continue to take centre stage with every passing day.