Chelsea face a potential roadblock in their quest to sign former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before the summer transfer window closes. The 33-year-old has been strongly linked with a departure from Barcelona amid both the departure of Timo Werner from Stamford Bridge and the financial difficulties of the Spanish giants.
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Reports suggest the Gabon international could leave the Camp Nou just seven months after joining the club. Aubameyang, who is currently valued at £12.7million by CIES Football Observatory, left Arsenal in January after falling out of favor under Mikel Arteta at the Emirates Stadium following a pattern of alleged misdemeanors.
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Barcelona will have to cut their wage bill to register £150m worth of summer signings ahead of the new campaign, and Aubameyang looks set to leave less than a year after his arrival. While Chelsea are reportedly in the running to acquire his signature, the Blues could have already suffered a major setback in their efforts.
When the striker was rumored to be moving from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in January 2017, he insisted he would never go to a rival. As quoted by the Express, Aubameyang said: “I will never go to Bavaria, that’s for sure. That would be too difficult for the Dortmund fans.Read:Nottingham Forest transfer twist as Premier League rivals ‘pushing’ for £15m target
“Whatever they offer me, I would say no,” he added. “Absolutely not. I played for St Etienne and the fans told me never to go to Lyon. So I didn’t go. The only club I would leave Dortmund for is Real Madrid. If they don’t come call, I’ll go not gone.”
Aubameyang, who sees his contract with Barcelona expire in 2025, played 17 times for Xavi’s side last season, contributing directly to 12 goals. His impressive performances led the club to a silver medal in La Liga, though 13 points behind Real Madrid.
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