Barcelona want £21m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Chelsea prepare for striker … just seven months after cash-strapped giants snapped him up on a FREE after his Arsenal contract was canceled
- Barcelona have put a £21m price tag on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- Chelsea recently held talks with the striker and are prepared to make a bid
- Blues left-back Marcos Alonso has been discussed as part of the negotiations
Barcelona have told Chelsea they want £21m for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, just seven months after signing him on a free transfer.
Chelsea held talks with the LaLiga giants at the weekend and are prepared to make an offer this week, but for significantly less.
Barcelona target Marcos Alonso has been discussed as part of negotiations to move in the opposite direction.
Chelsea must pay £21m to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona
The Blues want to pay significantly less and will offer Marcos Alonso as part of the deal
The ex-Arsenal star has scored 11 goals in 13 starts since joining the Catalan giants in January, but has now slumped following the club’s £42.5m purchase of Robert Lewandowski and the need to bring in a few players.
Barcelona have been Europe’s biggest summer spenders despite the club going through a severe financial crisis and over £1 billion in debt.
The Spanish side have managed to register the majority of their new signings but have still failed to sign defender Jules Konde, who arrived from Sevilla earlier this summer due to ongoing financial issues.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has overseen a major summer spending spree despite going through a severe financial crisis and over £1 billion in debt
One way to raise money is by selling current squad members, with Aubameyang one of the favorites along with Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay to leave Spain this summer, despite only arriving at Barcelona in January.
The Blues are chasing Aubameyang to help the void left in attack, with Romelu Lukaku returning to Inter Milan on loan and Timo Werner returning to RB Leipzig for £25m.
Boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to reconnect with the 33-year-old striker after developing a positive relationship at Borussia Dortmund and would love to add a proven goalscorer to the Chelsea ranks.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel developed a solid relationship with Aubameyang at Dortmund
In two years under Tuchel’s management at Borussia Dortmund, Aubameyang scored 79 goals in 95 appearances and finished the second of those seasons as the Bundesliga’s top scorer.
The Gabon international scored 68 goals in 128 Premier League appearances during his time at Arsenal before things went sour and he was frozen out by Mikel Arteta.
However, it is believed that Aubameyang is not actively chasing an exit from Barcelona, having rediscovered his goal-scoring touch since joining LaLiga.
Tuchel remains keen to add more to his squad as he looks to rebuild his Chelsea squad
His contract runs until 2025 – including a break clause added for 2023, therefore his future remains in his own hands.
Chelsea have already signed Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka.
But Tuchel is keen to boost his squad after also losing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers this summer with Lukaku and Werner on the way out the door.