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Ranking the 5 clubs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could join in 2022

Former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates the FA Cup win in 2020.
Former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates the FA Cup win in 2020.
Arnav Kholkar
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the most exciting, prolific, quick and clinical strikers in world football. His ability to single-handedly win games for his teams owing to his goalscoring exploits is incredible.

The Gabon captain has played 580 career club games, scoring 294 goals and providing 111 assists. While he usually plays a direct role in making darting runs behind the defence, The striker has added combination play to his arsenal in recently. He combines well with his teammates to construct aesthetically pleasing and effective moves towards goal.

However, the Gabon international has been in hot water with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta due to disciplinary issues. That has resulted in the striker getting stripped off the Arsenal captaincy and indefinitely frozen out of the first team. Many believe it's the end of the road for the Gabonese at Arsenal.

On that note, here's a look at the five clubs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could join this year:


#5 Paris Saint-Germain

Mauricio Pochettino has been less than convincing as Paris Saint-Germain manager.
Mauricio Pochettino has been less than convincing as Paris Saint-Germain manager.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) currently have Mauro Icardi and Kylian Mbappe as their striker options. With the Argentine failing to impress, though, the club are on the lookout for his replacement. Meanwhile, PSG are hopeful of Mbappe staying on in Paris despite Real Madrid's strong interest in his services.

Considering Aubameyang's exile at Arsenal, he could be a good option for PSG. He has the pace and directness of Mbappe, and the maturity and composure of Icardi. The fact that he has Ligue 1 experience, having played with Saint-Etienne, is significant.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is no stranger to Rennes fans. In 9 games vs Rennes, Auba has 4 goals and 2 assists.He assisted Saint-Étienne’s winner in the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue final vs Rennes, which saw Auba win his first career title.#RENARS https://t.co/2tTtWbSBkx

Given that Aubameyang is 32, he could be tempted to secure a move to a cash-rich club, in what could be his last major paycheque. Considering PSG's dominance in France, the Gabonese is almost guaranteed to walk away with silverware every season.

Mikel Arteta and Mauricio Pochettino were teammates at PSG in their playing days. Their amicable relationship could also prove beneficial for this deal going forward.


#4 Borussia Dortmund

Marco Rose has taken charge of a young and exciting Borussia Dortmund side.
Marco Rose has taken charge of a young and exciting Borussia Dortmund side.

Borussia Dortmund is the club where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang established himself as one of the best strikers of his generation. Signed by then-manager Jurgen Klopp in 2013, the Gabonese spent four highly prolific and successful years with the Black and Yellow.

He has scored 141 goals and provided 44 assists in 214 appearances for Dortmund. In his five Bundesliga seasons, the Gabon international hit double-digit goal tallies in all of them. He won the Bundesliga Golden Boot in 2016-17, scoring 31 goals in 32 games.

Blessed with searing pace, Auba was a threat to any defence. And soon, he established himself as one of the best forwards in the Bundesliga. In fact, he was the only player to have beaten Robert Lewandowski to the Golden Boot in the last five years when he scored 31 in 2016-17. https://t.co/90TJoXqQay

Despite his goalscoring exploits, Aubameyang was unfortunate not to have won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund.

However, with Erling Haaland's imminent exit around the corner, the door could be open for the Gabonese to make a fairy-tale return to BvB. With Aubameyang currently frozen out of Arsenal's first team, Dortmund getting him on the cheap is a strong possibility.

Dortmund would then be able to redirect the remainder of the profits from Haaland's transfer towards investing in a younger striker as a backup.

#3 AC Milan

Stefano Pioli has recently extended his contract with AC Milan.
Stefano Pioli has recently extended his contract with AC Milan.

AC Milan is another club where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has plied his trade at, but he never made a senior appearance for them. The Gabonese was at the club for one season (2007-08).

Milan's current striker options are Olivier Giroud (35) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (40). With age clearly not on the duo's side, Milan are looking to sign adequate back-ups for the two star men. Considering the Italian club are not averse to signing a slightly older player, it could prove to be a career-changing move for Aubameyang.

Considering that he never appeared for their first team, the Gabonese has unfinished business at the San Siro. Moreover, with Milan on the rise again, the 32-year-old could be tempted to join them


#2 FC Barcelona

Xavi Hernandez is one of the few players to have played for and managed Barcelona.
Xavi Hernandez is one of the few players to have played for and managed Barcelona.

When a club like Barcelona came knocking, even Arsenal legends like Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas could not say no. Such is the Blaugrana's stature in the game that most players would make the switch to Camp Nou at the drop of a hat. That's a big possibility in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's case too.

Barcelona have struggled to integrate Memphis Depay into their system due to constant rotations in the squad and his inconsistent performances. They signed Sergio Aguero from Manchester City, but he was forced to retire from the sport due to heart arrhythmia.

Sergio Aguero will retire from football due to his recent heart complications... Devastating news!😢[Via - @gerardromero] https://t.co/V343htC7uZ

Aubameyang would be a great fit for Barcelona. Currently, both Arsenal and Barcelona are undergoing rebuilds, and both squads are rife with unpolished, youthful talent. Both teams also play a refreshing brand of attacking football that involves a lot of passing.

The Gabonese's transfer fee and wages could scupper the move, though, considering Barcelona's financial woes.


#1 Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri is looking to revive Juventus' difficult season with a few signings.
Massimiliano Allegri is looking to revive Juventus' difficult season with a few signings.

Whenever a star player is about to run out of contract, faces a difficult situation at their current club, or is exiled, Juventus inevitably emerge on the scene.

Currently, the Bianconeri are interested in Arsenal-target Fiorentina's 21-year-old Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic. However, the finances of the deal are proving to be a major stumbling block for them, giving Arsenal the unspoken advantage.

However, in a situation where Arsenal land Vlahovic, Aubameyang could outright be asked to leave the club. Considering the Gunners would be in need of money, they might accept an offer around £20 million for the services of their former captain.

Should such an opportunity arise, Aubameyang could make a move to Juventus, and it would be beneficial to all parties.

Edited by Bhargav
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