Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi believes that Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would struggle to make an impact at the Nou Camp if he was to seal a big-money move to the La Liga giants.
The Gabon international, who has netted 17 goals in the Premier League this season, is being closely linked with a move to the Nou Camp ahead of the next transfer window, with Arsenal potentially being forced into selling the 30-year-old before they run the risk of losing him on a free-transfer.
Aubameyang, who joined the Gunners from German club Borussia Dortmund on transfer deadline day back in January 2018, is out-of-contract at the Emirates Stadium at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, meaning Arsenal could lose the striker on a free-transfer if he fails to sign a new contract.
Barcelona have emerged as one of the leading runners in the race to land the speedy striker, with the Spanish club having been closely linked with a move for the former Lille and Monaco loanee over the past few months, as the European giants look to source a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.
As well as predicting that Aubameyang would struggle to have an impact in Spain, Xavi, who spent 17 years of his playing career at the Nou Camp, also anticipates Liverpool winger Sadio Mane, too, would not have the necessary qualities to adapt to Barcelona’s style of play.
“Mane and Aubemayang can kill you in open space. But Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces,” Xavi, said, as quoted by the Express.
“I am thinking about player who would adapt to Barcelona and it’s not easy to find one. Samuel Eto’o was perfect as is Luis Suarez right now.”
Only recently, former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas admitted that Aubameyang could join Manchester United if they were to make a suitable offer for the Gunners striker, as well as drawing comparison to Robin van Persie’s move to Old Trafford back in 2012.
Nicholas said: “I do not see the glamour and appeal of joining Man United. Would he win the title with Man United in the next few years? I don’t think so.
“He might not even be in the Champions League if he was to join. What is the real appeal? Is it salary? I don’t think he is that type.
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“Van Persie jumped to a massive salary, but Man United are not the same calibre as what they were. Would he be the cutting edge to them? Man United have other issues to address like Arsenal.
“If Arsenal were to get £100million for him to sign for Man United, I would take that. It will make them better, that is why they would pay big.
“Arsenal were the challengers to United for the title, but now neither of them are. Man United offer £100million for Aubameyang, sell him.”