Arsenal could take advantage of the news that Mohamed Salah has rejected a potential transfer to Barcelona, by offering players the Catalan club have been interested in previously.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette were reportedly on Barcelona’s radar in the summer transfer window but a deal for one of the players never managed to materialise.
With the Gunners looking to improve the attacking phase of play, offloading one of the strikers at the club is a certainty in the upcoming transfer windows.
And Barcelona being knocked back by Salah could see the La Liga side regain interest in one of the Arsenal strikers.
Speaking to Egyptian broadcaster MBC , Salah said: “This is something that makes me happy that a team like Barcelona is interested in me, but I’m happy in Liverpool and we will see what happens in the future.
At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League as it’s the strongest league in the world.”
Barcelona have been poor this season and a shade of their former self, as they currently linger in seventh place in the La Liga standings.
A major reason for their poor start is their lack of striking options in attack. This is why Sky Sports reported in the summer transfer window that the Catalan side were attempting to sign Aubameyang.
It was also reported by Spanish outlet Fichajes that Arsenal had offered Lacazette to Barcelona in the same transfer window.
With a deal unable to finalise for either player, the January transfer window could certainly open up the opportunity again, which would work for both clubs.
The Gunners are attempting to create space in the squad for a new striker, as Eddie Nketiah and Lacazette contracts are set to expire in the summer, and it seems like a certainty that both strikers will be departing.
This will leave Aubameyang and Folarin Balogun as the only senior strikers at the club, with the latter likely to go out on loan to gain more first-team experience.
Salah’s rejection to signing for Barcelona has certainly opened up an opportunity for Arsenal to exploit the La Liga’s side need for a striker, and it is a deal that could potentially be struck.
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