According to reports, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has informed Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel that he wants to stay with FC Barcelona for the remainder of the season. The Catalan giants are also committed to keeping the former Arsenal striker.
The Gabon attacker has reportedly thanked the Blues for their interest in him but also informed his former Borussia Dortmund manager that he has no intention of joining them. Barcelona is eager to hold onto the 33-year-old attacker despite the recent arrival of Robert Lewandowski, according to the Mirror.
Chelsea would have had to spend a significant sum of money to satisfy Barcelona’s demands, but current rumours indicate that a £25 million bid has been made to the La Liga team this week.
Previous Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return to England to play for Chelsea and a former boss would have been a blow to Gunners supporters, but these worries are now unfounded because Barcelona has intentions to keep the striker.
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Aubameyang appears to be in position for a significant part at Barcelona this season, even with Lewandowski on their roster. With Xavi now opting to keep the striker for the year, the attacker might be poised for a great campaign with the La Liga heavyweights.
Aubameyang scored an outstanding 13 goals in just five months for Barcelona last season; the striker will be essential to Xavi’s quest for a trophy this season, and Chelsea will have to start again after the Catalan team again derailed their transfer plans.
Aubameyang’s time at Barcelona would have come to an end if he had joined Chelsea in the Premier League. However, with the attacker apparently likely to remain in La Liga, the decision might be hailed as a big victory for Spanish football.
After all, with the addition of Lewandowski, Raphinha, Ousmane Dembele, and Ansu Fati, Xavi now arguably has one of the best attacking groups in all of world football for the upcoming season, with Aubameyang expected to play a significant role.