Spanish football expert Guillem Balague claims Barcelona have withdrawn their interest in Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Instead, the Catalan giants are expected to push forward in pursuit of Timo Werner – who Liverpool are attempting to take to Anfield.
The RB Leipzig attacker has a £51million release clause which must be activated before April.
And the 23-year-old has spoken highly of Liverpool in recent weeks, with Jurgen Klopp keen to get a deal done before the summer window.
However, Barcelona have now reportedly entered the race and they have made the German their top priority.
The La Liga outfit were linked with Aubameyang in January but Balague reckons he will remain with the Gunners as Mikel Arteta attempts to stamp his mark on the team.
“I don’t expect Aubameyang to sign for Barcelona in the summer, Barcelona don’t want him,” Balague told GentingBet.
“They were looking for Timo Werner, Aubameyang or Rodrigo in January but now, they need to go for a top number nine, a top midfielder, a top winger and a top centre-back and Aubameyang is not a candidate.
“Now, I think [Mikel] Arteta wants to convince him to stay on, there are going to be changes in the summer for Arsenal and he should be an important player for them.
“They cannot lose these kinds of players, so I think he’ll stay.”
However, Werner has hinted he prefers a move to the Premier League over La Liga.
“The Premier League is certainly the most interesting league, you have to say,” he recently said.
“There is a certain flair to watching the English league and playing there.”
He added: “Liverpool are the best team in the world at the moment, and when you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.
“It’s a pleasure, but I know Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
But Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche is confident he can fend off the foreign interest.
“There has been nothing at all,” he told Bild of potential offers. “But it’s normal that Timo gets into the focus of other clubs. He’s playing a very, very good season and scores very, very often
“Timo has a long-term contract and there are not many things that favour him leaving us.
“We play Champions League, we have a super coaching team and we still want to achieve a lot.”