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Barcelona's Five-Man Shortlist To Replace Luis Suarez Has Been Revealed

Barcelona's Five-Man Shortlist To Replace Luis Suarez Has Been Revealed

Barcelona's five-man shortlist to replace Luis Suarez has been revealed and it features Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Suarez suffered an injury earlier in January and could be out for up to four months.

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Evening Standard are reporting new Barca manager Quique Setien has identified a list of five strikers who could replace Suarez

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Among the notable candidates are Arsenal captain Aubameyang as well as Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.

Top of that list would be Martinez, who's enjoyed a breakout season at the San Siro.

He is said to be the top choice among the Barca hierarchy but his high release clause of €111 million would prove to be an issue.

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The 22-year-old has scored 10 and assisted three in 20 Serie A games this season while forming a prolific partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

Aubameyang has 18 months left on his deal at the Emirates Stadium and the La Liga leaders were reportedly interested in a loan deal earlier in the window.

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However, Arsenal don't want to sell and with Aubameyang turning 31 in June, the Catalan giants are likely to look for a younger option.

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner is on the shortlist of every top club in Europe and the Bundesliga's top scorer has caught Barca's interest.

Other options included Ezequiel 'Chimy' Avila from Osasuna and Valencia's Rodrigo, but the duo could be seen as short term fixes.

One man who will be keen to impress while Suarez is out injured is Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer and endured a tough start to life at Barcelona.

However, he's managed to net seven goals in his last 11 games and is keen to continue improving.

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He told DAZN per Goal:

"I want to write the history of this club. I have to work to do it, I have to work to be important for this club."

Griezmann added on his ambition: "I hope to improve both in goals and assists. I'm adapting, trying to learn as much about the tactics as possible.

"I feel very good, physically and mentally. I really want to work. I really want to improve."

It's possible the World Cup winner leads the line, with manager Setien stating:

"It's an option. We don't have a specific player now, but he is a good alternative. He helped us a lot and we value that. He is good at losing his markers and drops to the channels."

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Topics: Football, Barcelona, Lautaro Martínez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer journalist for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United and once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho. He lived to tell the tale.

 

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