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Let’s talk! Arsenal in contract negotiations with Aubameyang

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Arsenal are ready to try and relaunch contract negotiations with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang, 30, put talks on hold last autumn because he was frustrated at the Emirates and is desperate to play in the Champions League.

But Arsenal are keen to try and keep Aubameyang but also discover his intentions as he will only have one year left on his current contract this summer.

They will then have to make a big decision on whether to sell their top scorer or allow him to run down his deal and run the risk of him leaving on a free transfer in 2021.

However, there is a growing feeling now that Aubameyang can see the club is moving upwards under Mikel Arteta and they may yet be able to convince him to stay.

Gunners boss Arteta said on Sunday that he is hoping they can keep him beyond this season and that he can see the club is moving in the right direction.

Arsenal will not want to fall into the trap of paying over-the-odds as they have been accused of doing with Mesut Ozil who is on £350,000-a-week and if they are out of the Champions League next season then they may have to make cutbacks.

Barcelona have been keen on Aubameyang and even made overtures in January but the deal was never on – but the Spanish giants could come back in the summer with Inter Milan also interested.

Aubameyang is certainly happier now under Arteta than he was with Unai Emery but they do face a crucial few months to see if they can get back into the Champions League which could ultimately hold the key.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are also exploring ways of getting club legend Santi Cazorla back at the Emirates so the fans can say a proper farewell to one of the most popular players of recent times.

Villarreal midfielder Cazorla, 35, has spoken about wanting to come back to see the fans and Arsenal’s head of football operations Raul Sanllehi acknowledged that last week at a supporters’ meeting.

One possibility would be to look at Villarreal for the Emirates Cup but with Arsenal unsure of how the season will end and whether they could be involved in European qualifiers they have yet to nail down pre-season plans.

They have already sounded out Arsene Wenger about coming back for a game as the ex-Arsenal boss has yet to return to the Emirates and Arteta is happy to buy into the club traditions and recognising club legends.

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Club signs “25-year-old goalkeeper” but fans think he’s 45 [See photos]

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Social media across Africa on Wednesday, February 10 was sent into a frenzy by one Nigerian Club – Mighty Jets International Jos.

The Mighty Jets, took to social media to unveil their new range of kits for the upcoming Nigerian National league season while profiling its players.

One player, however, caught the eye of netizens, Goalkeeper Gobum Rotduwe.

According to the club, “Rot. D” was born on September 13, 1995, meaning he is 25 years old now.

Fans took a swipe at the club, most claiming the goalkeeper has lied about his age.

What’s your take on his age?

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Club signs “25-year-old goalkeeper” but fans think he’s 45 [See photos]

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Social media across Africa on Tuesday, February 9 was sent into a frenzy by one Nigerian Club – Mighty Jets International Jos.

The Mighty Jets, took to social media to unveil their new range of kits for the upcoming Nigerian National league season while profiling its players.

According to the club, “Rot. D” was born on September 13, 1995, meaning he is 25 years old now.

Fans took a swipe at the club, most claiming the goalkeeper has lied about his age. What’s your take on his age?

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Barcelona appoint Koeman as new coach

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Barcelona have appointed Ronald Koeman as their next coach, the club said in a statement on Wednesday, as the Catalans look to rebuild after their 8-2 thrashing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League last week.

Koeman, who has left his role as manager of the Netherlands, has signed a two-year-deal with Barcelona, who sacked Quique Setien on Monday after he presided over the club’s worst defeat ever in European competition.

Koeman, who will be officially presented at the Camp Nou stadium later on Wednesday, is dearly loved at Barca for his role in Johan Cruyff’s hugely successful side known as the ‘Dream Team’ and for scoring the goal that delivered the club’s first ever European Cup in 1992.

The defender later became the club’s assistant coach before embarking on a career as a head coach, managing Dutch sides Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord plus Premier League sides Southampton and Everton and La Liga’s Valencia.

“Barcelona and Ronald Koeman have come to an agreement for him to be the team’s coach until 30 June 2022,” said Barca’s statement.

“A club legend and Barca’s hero at Wembley who gave fans their first European Cup, Koeman is coming back to the Camp Nou. But this time he will be in the dugout to lead the team.”

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