Just six months after leaving Arsenal for Barcelona, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be headed back to the Premier League owing to Chelsea’s interest in him.
Chelsea is apparently in negotiations with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang about making an outrageous play for the Barcelona striker.
Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only joined Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in February, he may be reunited with his former Borussia Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel, at Stamford Bridge.
Barcelona seeks to sell the veteran forward just six months after signing him so they can register new arrivals.
Since Romelu Lukaku was loaned back to Inter Milan, Raheem Sterling has been the lone addition to Chelsea’s attacking options.
Early this summer, Todd Boehly, the new owner of Chelsea, spoke with the leaders of Barcelona about potential transfers.
According to the Telegraph, Aubameyang was one of the names that the Chelsea management team discussed.
The signing of Robert Lewandowski is expected to lower the 33-year-old in the Barcelona pecking order, so he would be interested in going back to the Premier League and London.
The dominant Premier League clubs have not yet submitted a formal bid for the former captain of Arsenal.
Chelsea might attempt to take advantage of the fact that Tuchel and Aubameyang are good friends because of their time spent together at Dortmund.
Following his contentious departure from Arsenal, Aubameyang had a respectable second half of the 2021/22 season, scoring 13 goals in his first 23 games for Barcelona.
After a dispute with manager Mikel Arteta, the Gabon international was relieved of his leadership, benched from the team, and subsequently granted a free move to Barca.
After joining the Gunners in January 2018 for a club-record £55 million deal from Borussia Dortmund, he scored 92 goals and had 21 assists in 163 games.
Chelsea are aware that their poor financial situation may compel Barcelona to trade a proven striker who has had a successful start to life in Spain.
Chelsea’s Premier League campaign gets underway against Everton on Saturday at Goodison Park, although they have until September 1 to finalize their transfer business.
Similar to Manchester United, Tuchel’s team is rumored to have scouted rising Red Bull Salzburg sensation Benjamin Sesko.
Sesko, a 19-year-old striker who plays for Slovenia at the full international level, has made 39 appearances for Salzburg and has 12 goals and 8 assists.
He has been compared to Erling Haaland and scored the game-winning goal in the Austrian team’s 1-0 preseason victory over Liverpool.
Before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, Aubameyang won’t be the only Barcelona player mentioned in transfer rumors.
Although Barca went on a spending binge this summer, adding Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, and Franck Kessie, they still need to reduce their roster to meet La Liga requirements.
Aubameyang, who only joined Barcelona in February, wants to stay there, but the club is willing to let him go in order to earn money to acquire new players.
Frenkie de Jong, a different Barcelona star, is also on Chelsea’s radar.
Manchester United have been after the midfielder all summer, but the Blues have made moves to sabotage the deal and give Tuchel a star player.