Barcelona are eyeing a move to bring Arsenal centre-back Gabriel to the Camp Nou this summer, as the Spanish giants prepare to leave Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, according to him. ESPN.
The Catalan club is likely to offer one of Memphis Depay, Neto or Riqui Puig in exchange for the Brazilian defender, as they continue their attack on Arsenal after the acquisition of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal, after the approval of the Gabon international. Terms of mutual termination of his agreement with the North London Club.
Watching from afar, one would imagine that such a move would be difficult for Gabriel to turn down, as his former Arsenal captain appears to have injected new life and goal-scoring shape into his game since his move to Catalonia. Aubameyang has already doubled his Premier League tally for the season since his January move to Barcelona Eight goals in nine matches As for the Spanish side, having scored just four goals in 14 this season in the Premier League before moving on.
Moreover, the prospect of playing under Barcelona with a new look under Xavi is something most players will likely struggle to dismiss. Many, including myself, saw Barcelona as a potential sinking ship following the departure of Lionel Messi, as the club’s financial situation and future looked bleak. However, somehow, Xavi managed to change the course of the season and give Barcelona fans new optimism. Ousmane Dembele is enjoying injury-free spells while the likes of Pedri and Jaffe continue to show glimpses of potential legendary status should they continue on their current path, with their young star Ansu Fati, another player they can look forward to a return to. from injury.
There is no doubt that Barcelona’s transformation under Xavi will return them as one of the most desirable clubs to play in world football, and Gabriel may be the next player to move from England to Spain.
Others such as Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas have made successful moves from Arsenal to Barcelona in the past, although there have been some failures recently too, such as Alex Song and Thomas Vermaelen.
Aubameyang was a hit, however, when many had written him off at Arsenal, so raiding another of Arsenal’s best players in Gabriel could be ideal to help the club continue their recovery under Xavi.