Chelsea have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Marcos Alonso the other way around.
Sky Sports News reported early on deadline day that Chelsea were closing in on a deal with Barcelona for Aubameyang. Chelsea are expected to pay around £10million plus Alonso for the former Arsenal striker.
Aubameyang has been cleared to travel to the UK for his medical and finalize the deal, with personal terms not expected to be a problem.
Aubameyang suffered a minor jaw fracture in an attack on his home at the weekend.
The Gabon striker, who is expected to be out for three weeks, will be able to return to non-contact training next week.
Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He had three years left on his contract.
Although Thomas Tuchel has been hesitant to talk about Aubameyang in public, he is keen to work with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
Tuchel has already splashed out £268m this summer on players including Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.
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“Some players remain your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players,” Tuchel told reporters last month, validating reports that Chelsea were considering a move for their former striker.
While the Gabon international grabbed the headlines for the right and wrong reasons during his time at Arsenal, Aubameyang simply produced goals at Borussia Dortmund under Tuchel – with 56 Bundesliga goals in 63 appearances over two campaigns.
That partnership ended when Dortmund sacked Tuchel at the end of the 2016/17 season and Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the 2018 winter window for a club record £60m – hitting the floor with 10 goals in the league in just 12 starts.
However, his goal ratio gradually dropped over four campaigns and culminated in his dismissal as club captain on disciplinary grounds before leaving the club by mutual consent six weeks later and joining Barcelona on a free transfer.
In true Jekyll and Hyde form, the flamboyant forward broke through La Liga blocks again, averaging nearly a goal a game last season – helping the club move from fifth in the league to second place behind rivals Real Madrid.
However, Barca have been busy in the transfer market this summer amid ongoing controversy surrounding their rush to raise capital and record income including former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
Barcelona have opened the door for Aubameynang to leave the club after just seven months at Camp Nou – earning around £6.5m and acquiring Marcos Alonso in the process – and Aubameyang’s former mentor has come calling . But why?
Some players remain your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players
The 33-year-old would fit perfectly into Tuchel’s plans, having worked together so successfully during the two-year spell that ended five years ago.
Moreover, Aubameyang has a history of instant impacts and would fill the No.9 void left by Romelu Lukaku, who failed to ignite in his £97.5m return to the club last season. and was loaned out to former club Inter Milan this term.
Chelsea have been struggling with an age-old problem during the German’s tenure – converting chances. Despite only playing five games, the Blues have the seventh-worst expected goal differential in the division.
Indeed, midfielder Mason Mount tops the club’s charts for league goals during Tuchel’s reign, followed by versatile Kai Havertz – who recently adopted a false No.9 role – holding midfield. and penalty taker Jorginho and part winger Christian Pulisic.
As the charts below reveal, Aubameyang also offers versatility and positional fluidity – having worked the left flank and central positions in equal measure during his time at the Emirates.
On the song, the striker is clinical and the goalscoring map below highlights what he could offer Chelsea: goals, in and around the central areas inside the box, and is likely to Primarily occupy a central position – allowing Raheem Sterling, who signed in the summer, to be deployed. in his favorite wide channel.
With the Blues sitting ninth in the Premier League table after five games and just two wins to their name, Tuchel will hope his former favorite can make another explosive impact.
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