Chelsea are reportedly only a matter of ‘days away’ from pulling off a surprise transfer for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. A deal to see the ex-Arsenal captain head to Stamford Bridge for a fee within the region of £25million is alleged to be getting closer and there is a probability Marcus Alonso could even be included inside negotiations as a possible makeweight.
The Blues remain out there for further firepower having allowed Romelu Lukaku rejoin Inter Milan on loan and Timo Werner return to RB Leipzig on a everlasting basis this summer. The west London club’s seek for attacking reinforcements has now seen their attention turn to Aubameyang – a player Blues boss Thomas Tuchel knows well from the pair’s Borussia Dortmund days.
With Tuchel himself having reportedly held positive talks with Aubameyang over a possible move back to the Premier League, Chelsea officials are understood to have met with the Gabonese goal-getter on Thursday to iron out an agreement over personal terms. It appears all went well on that front as, in keeping with Sport, Aubameyang is now expected to finish a transfer to Stamford Bridge over the following few days.
Chelsea are understood to be willing to fulfill Barcelona’s £25million valuation of the forward because the cash-strapped Catalan club seek to ease a few of their crippling financial constraints. Barca boss Xavi is assumed to understand Aubameyang and is keen to retain the previous Premier League Golden Boot winner, nevertheless the club’s urgent need for money has made a deal all of the more appetising.
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Like Tuchel, Xavi is believed to have spoken with Aubameyang regarding his future and it is assumed a call over a move to Chelsea rests solely on the striker’s shoulders. Despite being completely satisfied in Barcelona, the ex-Gunner is alleged to have acknowledged the arrival of Robert Lewandowski to the Nou Camp is prone to see his game-time reduced, while joining the Blues offers various tempting advantages.
Along with regular first-team football, the 33-year-old is about for a bumper pay rise. The forward may also have the ability to satisfy his craving for Champions League football at Stamford Bridge – a key consider his decision to snub Manchester United’s recent advances.
While Chelsea are regarded as willing to pay £25m for the striker, there is a possibility the structure of the transfer could change. The Spanish outlet add that Blues left-back Alonso – a player who Barcelona have been pushing to sign all summer – may be included in a deal as a possible makeweight.
The Blaugrana have to date failed of their attempts to conclude a deal for the 31-year-old, who’s desperate to hitch the Spanish giants. While Barcelona value the defender at £8.5m, Chelsea are said to be continuing to carry out for a fee within the region of £12.7m. The inclusion of Alonso in a deal for Aubameyang could subsequently be of profit to all parties.
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