Barcelona want Arsenal striker to replace Suarez

Barcelona will make a late enquiry to sign Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this month, claims The Daily Telegraph.

The Spanish giants desperately want to sign a new forward in the last week of the transfer window with Luis Suarez out for three months.

Barcelona are three points behind Real Madrid in LaLiga after losing 2-0 away to Valencia at the weekend.

Aubameyang was linked with a move to Barcelona and Real Madrid before joining Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

The Gabon international is widely expected to leave Arsenal at the end of the season if the Gunners fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Aubameyang, who was made Arsenal captain earlier this season, will only have 12 months left to run on his current contract in the summer.

Arsenal now have to decide whether to sell Aubameyang this month when they can demand a bigger fee or cut their losses at the end of the season for a cut-price deal.

Mikel Arteta is desperate to strengthen this month but Arsenal are currently operating on a tight budget.

Selling Aubameyang for around £50m would certainly free up funds for Arteta but there is such little time left in the window for the Gunners to re-invest right away.

Aubameyang has a phenomenal goalscoring record for Arsenal with 46 goals in 71 games for the Gunners. In fact, no player has scored more times in the Premier League in that period.

African players in Europe: Iheanacho wins cup tie for Leicester

Nigeria
international Kelechi Iheanacho was the star African performer in Europe
this weekend, scoring the only goal as Leicester overcame a tough FA
Cup challege.

England

KELECHI IHEANACHO (Leicester)

Iheanacho
took his chance to impress in the absence of the injured Jamie Vardy
with the only goal as Leicester reached the FA Cup fifth round with a
1-0 win at Brentford. The Nigerian’s predatory close-range finish took
his tally to seven goals in just 12 appearances for the Foxes this
season.

SOFIANE BOUFAL (Southampton)

Boufal produced a
brilliant strike late on to secure the Saints an FA Cup replay with
Tottenham in a 1-1 draw. The Moroccan has featured little in
Southampton’s revival of late, but gave Ralph Hasenhuttl a timely
reminder of his talent as he fired high past Hugo Lloris from the edge
of the area.

Italy

MUSA BARROW (Bologna)

Gambian
striker Musa Barrow had an immediate impact, scoring for Bologna in his
first game since moving from Atalanta, in a 3-1 win over SPAL in the
Emilia Romagna derby. Barrow came off the bench just before the hour
mark and within a minute scored the second goal as Bologna earned their
first win in a month to sit four points off the Europa League places.

Germany

ACHRAF HAKIMI (Borussia Dortmund)

Dortmund
right back Hakimi has been clocked at 36.20 km/h this season – the
quickest ever recorded in the Bundesliga – and his raw pace frequently
troubled Cologne down the right flank as his side ran out 5-1 victors at
Signal Iduna Park. After a stellar first half of the season, Hakimi has
been overshadowed by Jadon Sancho and the arrival of Erling Haaland
since the winter break but still remains one of Dortmund’s most potent
attacking threats.

CHRISTOPHER ANTWI-ADJEI (Paderborn)

Ghanaian
midfielder Antwi-Adjei scored his first top-flight goal for Paderborn
in his side’s crucial 2-0 away win over SC Freiburg which lifts his side
off the bottom of the Bundesliga. Antwi-Adjei, who scored 10 goals in
Paderborn’s run to promotion last season, showed impressive balance and
composure to fend off Freiburg defender Jonathan Schmid while sliding
the ball under goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow in the 48th minute to give
Paderborn the lead.

AMINE HARIT (Schalke)

Midfielder
Harit was one of the few Schalke players to emerge with his head held
high after the visitors were put to the sword by a rampant Bayern 5-0 at
Munich’s Allianz Arena. Harit provided spark in midfield for the
visitors, having two clear-cut chances to score in the first half.

Spain

ZOUHAIR FEDDAL (Real Betis)

Moroccan
defender Zouhair Feddal was sent off as Real Betis were undone by a
controversial late penalty in a 1-0 defeat by Getafe in La Liga on
Sunday. Feddal’s red card came in the 90th minute for his protests
against referee Prieto Iglesias’ decision to award Getafe a spot-kick.
Angel Rodriguez converted to lift Getafe up to fourth in the table while
the loss for Betis means they slip to 12th.

France

KARL TOKO EKAMBI (Lyon)

The
Cameroonian only arrived in Lyon on Monday at the start of his loan
period from Villarreal and had his first training session on Wednesday.
Introduced from the bench after 25 minutes in Sunday’s home game against
Toulouse, he made an immediate impact, scoring his goal for the club in
the 77th minute to close out a 3-0 win that leaves Lyon in fifth, five
points off the Champions League places.

All senior players, Klopp to miss Liverpool’s FA Cup replay

Liverpool manager
Jurgen Klopp confirmed he will not take charge of the Reds’ FA Cup
replay against Shrewsbury, nor will any senior players from the European
champions take part.

Klopp made 11 changes as the League One
side, 59 places below Liverpool in the English football pyramid, came
from 2-0 down to secure a replay at Anfield on Sunday.

However,
the German did still include a handful of experienced players such as
Adrian, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Fabinho and Divock Origi.

Even they are set to miss the replay as it falls a few days into Liverpool’s two-week winter break from Premier League action.

Klopp said he has already promised that week off to first-team players and that under-23s coach Neil Critchley will take charge of team.