A lot has been signed in the offensive line in Barcelona this winter. Ferran Torres and Adam Traore came in as key players for Xavi, who has had to suffer from a lack of options so far in his tenure.
The forward placement of the forward line is not surprising. Frequent injuries to Ansu Fati and Luuk de Jong’s unstable form are a matter of concern for the club.
In addition, Martin Braithwaite is yet to start the game under Xavi, and Memphis Depay’s resilience has become a problem.
Given the options available, the club still considers the signing of a striker to be important.
According to reports from Gerard Romero, Barcelona have a six-month loan deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. There is a catch, however, as the Gabonese striker can only arrive if Ousmane Dembele leaves.
Many activities depend on the Frenchman’s future at the club, which explains the board’s frustration with the player. Dembele’s renewal or departure will give Barcelona the limit they need to sign new players. His reluctance to reach a decision has had a devastating effect on the team’s trade window.
Alvaro Morata was Blaugranas’ plan A to strengthen the striker’s position; a system that collapsed at Atletico Madrid. They are not willing to allow their player to continue on another loan, especially without a mandatory purchase clause.
Times have not been easy for Aubameyang at Arsenal; the striker has been removed from the team after being stripped of his captaincy due to disciplinary action.
The 32-year-old has scored four league goals for the Gunners this season in 12 appearances. Given his poor record before the goal, there is little doubt that he could be a part of Xavi’s puzzle. However, will he overcome his punishment?