Apparently, Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has liked a Tweet linking Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele with a £87million move to the Gunners.
The Gabon international is a regular on Twitter and caused quite a stir on a number of occasions with his activity. While it is nice that the striker likes the thought of his former teammate joining the Gunners, it looks highly unlikely.
Arsenal reportedly have a limited budget
Reports coming out of Arsenal suggest that the club are only likely to spend around £50million, plus player sales this summer. With defensive reinforcements the priority, it seems unlikely the Gunners can sign enough defensive quality and Dembele, even if they do manage to offload some players.
I wrote that I believed that Juventus star Stephan Lichtsteiner would be a good signing in my article yesterday. This was not me liking the Gunners reported spendthrift approach. I was just suggesting he would not be a terrible short-term signing. He would be defensive cover at a budget price.
Dembele an unlikely summer signing
I would love to say that Ousmane Dembele was likely to sign for Arsenal this summer. He is a highly talented young forward with bags full of potential. However, he is already at a giant club in Barcelona. If they want to keep him it seems unlikely he will leave anytime soon. His debut campaign in Spain was plagued by injury.
Club officials from the Catalan giants have stated that Dembele is staying with the Spanish champions. The likes of Chelsea and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the French international star. Unsurprisingly, Barcelona are rather keen on keeping the player they invested £135million in just last summer when he arrived from German club Dortmund.
Arsenal will not get top-four without spending
The reports of Arsenal’s transfer budget are worrying. The club has failed to finish in the Premier League top-four in the last two seasons. The squad needs major strengthening to make the Champions League spots.
The Gunners are odds of 2/1 to finish in the Premier League top-six. The bookies obviously believe that the Gunners will not improve much this summer, as they are predicting the north London club will once again finish sixth place next season.
Dembele is the sort of player Arsenal should be chasing if they have ambitions of returning to the top table of English football. Unfortunately, it seems the Gunners will have to wait awhile longer for a return to former glories.
Is Ousmane Dembele a realistic transfer target for Arsenal?