Even though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Chelsea on a free transfer earlier this year, Barcelona will reportedly want a significant amount from Chelsea for the player.
After selling Timo Werner and loaning Romelu Lukaku back to Inter, the west London club wants to strengthen their frontline before the transfer market shuts.
Due to this, they have been linked to a surprise move for Aubameyang, and manager Thomas Tuchel hasn’t done anything to dispel the rumours.
The German coach talked about their continued “strong friendship” this week while discussing their time working together at Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang only made the switch to Camp Nou in February of this year after Arsenal agreed to renegotiate his rumoured £350,000-per-week deal on the final day of the transfer window so he could join Barcelona after it had closed.
After a trying period at Arsenal during the first part of the 2021–22 season, which was marked by conduct problems and resulted in him losing the captaincy, Aubameyang experienced a comeback at Barca.
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The 33-year-old scored 11 goals in 17 La Liga games, aiding the team’s second-place finish despite the fact that they had been fighting to even for the Champions League when he arrived.
However, Aubameyang has fallen down the pecking order since Robert Lewandowski joined, and he only entered the game for the final eight minutes of Barcelona’s scoreless draw with Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
Due to their financial difficulties, Barcelona, who has yet to sign Jules Kounde, is thought to be eager to unload the forward. As a result of the conditions of his contract, he is now making a far higher wage this season than he did the year before.
Despite Barcelona’s willingness to trade Aubameyang, reputable Spanish journalist Gerard Romero claims the Catalan club is seeking to collect a sizable amount from Chelsea in a recent interview on his Jijantes FC Twitch programme.
Barcelona is seeking a price between €25 million (£21 million) and €28 million (£23 million), which is roughly half the sum they paid Bayern Munich for Lewandowski and is being used as a benchmark.
The west Londoners are rumoured to have baulked at that asking amount and would prefer to pay far less for a player in the twilight of his career who is on high salaries, despite the Catalan club’s optimism that they can secure a respectable sum from Chelsea.
Tuchel stated last week that Aubameyang was one of those players who stayed with him due of their good working relationship. We were pretty close friends.
“There was always this intimate relationship right immediately when we played him here with Arsenal,” said the coach. Auba is one of these individuals; in a way, they always remain your players.