Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a free transfer from Arsenal.
The 32-year-old Gabon striker signed a contract on Monday evening although it was not announced until Wednesday.
Aubameyang’s deal runs until 30 June 2025 and includes an option to agree a departure in June 2023, plus a buyout clause of 100 million euros (£83.4m).
Barcelona feared the move was dead at one point on transfer deadline day despite Aubameyang flying to Spain.
“I’m very proud and happy to be here,” said Aubameyang.
“My main goal is to help the team and give everything I can to bring the team back to the Champions League.”
The former Borussia Dortmund striker, who scored 92 goals in 163 games for Arsenal, had not played for the Gunners following a disciplinary breach in December.
The forward flew to Spain on Monday and was pictured training with the Spanish club on Tuesday.
Arsenal signed Aubameyang for £56m in January 2018 but his departure on a free transfer comes after he was stripped of the captaincy following a disciplinary issue.
He had previously been dropped in March and missed the win over north London rivals Tottenham because of a “breach of pre-match protocol”.
His move to Barcelona will save the Gunners about £15m in wages – but it leaves manager Mikel Arteta with Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah as his only central strikers for the remainder of the season.
In a message posted on social media on Tuesday, Aubameyang thanked Arsenal’s fans for their support and said it “hurt” to leave in such circumstances.
“We went through ups and downs together and your support meant everything to me,” he said.
“I have always been 100% focused and committed on doing everything I can for this club which is why leaving without a real goodbye hurts – but that is football.
“I’m sad I did not get the chance to help my team-mates in the last few weeks, but I have nothing but respect for this club and truly wish all my guys and the fans all the best and many successful years in the future!”
- I won’t think twice about a Ghana call-up – Salis Abdul Samed
- Asantehene insists chiefs cannot be blamed for galamsey activities
- ‘My husband either reaches Europe or dies at sea’
- ‘The empty headedness of the youth was good enough to vote you into power’ – Senyo Hosi to KT Hammond
- The activities of Chairman Wontumi’s mining firm are illegal – John Jinapor
- Burkina Faso unrest: Military officers remove leader Damiba
- ECG extends weekend working hours due to vending challenges
- Galamsey fight: DCEs must get fired – John Awuah
- We do not deploy soldiers to provide security for mining firms – Armed Forces
- King Charles and late Queen will both feature on new 50p coins
- Arsenal beat Tottenham to go four points clear
- Aubameyang scores as Potter gets first Chelsea win
- Faisal Chibsah: From starting coaching career as volunteer to heading FIFA High-Performance specialist role for Africa
- Genser deal: We’re developing a Trojan horse to cannibalise all state enterprises in the energy sector – Ben Boakye
- Policymakers must ensure Ghana does not return to current economic situation – Dr. Twumasi-Baffuor
- Let the public know your innovations – Dr. Addo Kufuor charges tertiary institutions
- Over 1000 shops flooded at Kumasi Central Market; traders blame Contracta for the mess
- Orange Corners Ghana celebrates graduation of 45 entrepreneurs
- UT’s loans in less than 48 hours saved many businesses from collapse – Amoabeng
- Medical Laboratory Workers’ Union to hold AGM
- Spotlight on Ghana – Cuba bilateral relations
- PBC Ltd CEO, Richard Akuoko Adiyiah dead
- I bought an iPhone at Circle but went home to find a Nokia – Comedian Jacinta
- There is evidence to show some NPP top officials are into illegal mining – John Jinapor
- Luv Fm-DBS-Republic Bank Habitat Fair kicks off in Kumasi