Arsenal have agreed to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona on a permanent transfer for FREE.

The Gabon forward, 32, ‘surprised’ the Gunners by flying to the Catalan capital on Monday morning.

But a loan move appeared to collapse with the two sides unable to negotiate Auba’s mammoth £350,000-a-week wages.

Arsenal refused to pay the majority of the money if their former captain was playing for the LaLiga giants.

Now it is understood Arsenal have simply allowed the outcast to leave.

And that has paved the way for Barcelona to negotiate directly with the player, who has essentially become a free agent.

There is a verbal agreement for a PERMANENT deal for an initial six months – with the option of a further year.

His previous deal at the Emirates ran until 2023.

The final details of his new paperwork are currently being ironed out in Spain.

Aubameyang looks on course to complete a medical before the 11pm deadline, too.

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Hospital staff were told to prepare for the striker’s arrival to get it all done and dusted in time.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta insists the club will ‘work until the last minute’ to get a deal over the line.

He said: “We would like to incorporate Aubameyang. It is very complicated but there is hope. We’ve still options open. We’re working on it and we will until the last minute.”

Aubameyang’s arrival in Barcelona only for his move to seemingly initially fall through drew comparisons with Peter Odemwingie’s ill-fated attempt to join Queens Park Rangers in January 2013.

The Nigerian was pictured in his car at Loftus Road, only for no deal to materialise.

Seeing the funny side after the comparison was pointed out to him on Twitter, Odemwingie himself joked: “Someone sent me the first picture.

“Am I passing the award on? Aubameyang just make sure you ask Aguero for advice.”

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