Is ex-Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining Chelsea?

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The Barcelona striker could return to the Premier League after just half a season in Spain, while team-mate Frenkie de Jong could also make the move.

The Blues loaned Belgium international Romelu Lukaku to Italian club Inter Milan this summer and are on the lookout for a new goalscorer to replace the 29-year-old.

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Thomas Tuchel’s side appear to have now turned their attention to former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who left the Gunners amid a cloud of controversy to join Barcelona in January.

Here’s everything we know so far on Chelsea’s pursuit of the 33-year-old killer, as well as Barca team-mate and Manchester United long-term target Frenkie de Jong:

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Latest Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea

According to various reports from both English and Spanish media, Chelsea are keen on bringing Aubameyang to Stamford Bridge a fee of £15 million is quoted.

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The Blues have already spent heavily this summer, signing Raheem Sterling for £50m from Manchester City, Kalidou Koulibaly for £34m from Napoli, Carney Chukwuemeka for £20m from Aston Villa and Marc Cucurella for £55m from Brighton & Hove albion

The move was part of a massive restructuring at Stamford Bridge that saw first-team regulars Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen join Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively on free transfers, as well as Lukaku’s aforementioned loan move back to Inter.

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The futures of Marcos Alonso and César Azpilicueta are also in doubt, while striker Timo Werner has also joined old club RB Leipzig.

With the need for a centre-forward paramount for the Blues, ties to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo arose earlier in the transfer window.

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The Portuguese icon is said to be looking to leave Old Trafford this summer and Stamford Bridge seemed a potential target, but those rumors have since cooled and Aubameyang appear to be the favorites at the moment.

Indeed, odds makers have switched the former Arsenal skipper to Chelsea as a 1/2 ahead of 3 September 2022.

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Aubameyang’s Arsenal exit explained and potential resale clause

Everyone who watched the new Amazon Prime All or nothing series: Arsenal will know all about Aubameyang’s controversial move to Barcelona in January.

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The forward was stripped of the Gunners’ captaincy after alleged multiple disciplinary violations and fell out with head coach Mikel Arteta, leading to sporting director Edu attempting to remove the Gabonese international from the Emirates before the window closed in January.

Barca had initially presented a loan offer but Arsenal preferred to terminate the player’s contract and allow the Spanish side to sign him permanently – which would mean they would not have to pay his reported £300,000-a-week salary if he returns in summer .

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In the end, the two were able to reach an agreement, but Aubameyang’s contract was torn up various reports have suggested the Gunners will have to take a £7million hit by paying the remainder of the wages he is due for this season.

It also means they have now missed out on a potential windfall if the player joins Chelsea this summer.

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Aubameyang’s goal stats

Aubameyang started his career as a winger at AC Milan and St Etienne before developing his deadly finisher skills at Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.

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With BVB he scored 98 goals in 144 league games, and a whopping 141 goals in 213 games across all competitions.

The forward kept his eye for goal following a move to Arsenal, where he scored 92 goals in 163 games for the Gunners.

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After joining the Catalan giants last winter, Aubameyang has scored seven goals in 16 games.

Frenkie de Jong last to Chelsea

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Another transfer story that seems to go hand-in-hand with Aubameyang news at the moment is that Chelsea will sign the striker Barcelona teammate Frenkie de Jong.

The Dutch midfielder has been a long-term target for Manchester United this summer but a move to Old Trafford has consistently stalled due to multiple issues related to the player’s complicated contract situation at the Nou Camp.

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However, Chelsea could be willing to meet the player’s transfer evaluation and pay back the money the player allegedly owes from his current club to secure his signature.

However, De Jong is still reported as wanting to stay at Barcelona and odds makers seem to think that’s the most likely outcome – putting him at 6/5 to stay at Barcelona, ​​13/8 to go to Chelsea to transfer, and 11/4 to transfer to Manchester United.

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