Ousmane Dembele has been pictured in London alongside four Arsenal stars – ramping up speculation the unhappy Barcelona striker could sign for the Gunners.
Arsenal fans noticed the France international forward in the picture uploaded to Instagram by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s father on Thursday evening.
The photograph, which is captioned: "Very happy to be with family and surrounded by our guys," features Aubameyang and his dad, Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Dembele.
Arsenal have been linked with the 21-year-old in recent weeks, and fans have interpreted him being in London alongside four Gunners players to be a very good sign.
In response to the Instagram post, one excited supporter wrote: "It’s happening?" while another said: "Welcome to Arsenal," and a third added: "Dembele is an Arsenal player and there’s nothing you can do about it."
Dembele only joined Barcelona from Dortmund in August 2017, setting the Catalan giants back a whopping £97million plus add-ons.
He was signed as a replacement for Neymar, who had just left for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal, and was expected to be a key player for Barcelona for years to come.
But after a difficult first season in Spain, Dembele has seen his place in the first team come under threat what with Barcelona exploring different avenues.
The club recently splashed out on Brazilian winger Malcom, who was initially set to sign for Roma, and was even on his way to the airport to fly to Italy after Bordeaux agreed a selling fee with the Serie A club.
The transfer was disrupted however when Barcelona came in with a better offer in the eleventh hour, prompting Bordeaux to cancel Malcom’s flight and pack him off to Spain instead.
Spanish publication Sport recently reported that Dembele was less than impressed with his club’s decision to sign a direct competitor in this summer’s transfer window.
The report claimed that the Frenchman’s representatives made this point very clear to Barcelona, and that his agent travelled to Catalonia for crunch talks.
Twitter users then noticed the Frenchman had been ‘liking’ posts from Barcelona fans criticising him on social media.
Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat was recently captured on Arsenal Fan TV signing autographs for fans in Asia, where the Gunners travelled for pre-season.
Contributor Troopz quizzed Mislintat on whether the Gunners would be signing Dembele this transfer window, but he remained tight-lipped and instead opted to laugh off the question.
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