Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang earlier declared that he would not represent the rival team of one of his former teams, indicating that he may decline a move from Barcelona to Chelsea.
As Thomas Tuchel tries to bolster his offensive options, the former Arsenal striker has been linked with a transfer to the Blues.
Aubameyang may quit Camp Nou after only seven months with the team, according to reports. To register summer additions for £150 million with La Liga, Barca must reduce their pay cost.
The Gabon international, who was benched by Gunners manager Mikel Arteta in December after a string of reported infractions, is a target for Chelsea. Despite signing Raheem Sterling, Tuchel wants another forward at Chelsea before the transfer window closes.
But the fact that Aubameyang previously said he would not go from Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich would enhance Arsenal fans’ hopes that he does not sign with a close rival.
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In January 2017, when he was reportedly joining Bayern, he declared, “I’ll never go to Bavaria, that much is certain. The Dortmund supporters would find that too challenging, he remarked in January 2017.
I would decline whatever deal they made, no matter what. No way, no how.
My mother’s father, my grandfather, always wanted me to play in Spain. I told him that I would play for Real someday when he passed away two years ago, and I am working hard to fulfil that promise.
“My first objective is Real Madrid, but for now I enjoy living in Dortmund. If there is a possibility to visit Madrid, I will say yes right away, but there is currently no contact.”
Chelsea may yet close a number of transactions this month, including one involving Aubameyang. They have also been connected to Barcelona teammate Frenkie de Jong and Leicester defender Wesley Fofana.