Barcelona have set their price for 33-year-old striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid continued interest in the Gabon international from English Premier League side Chelsea.
Catalan giants want €30m for the striker, who arrived on a free transfer in the January transfer window after leaving Arsenal, the transfer expert reported. Fabrizio Romano.
Barca’s asking price is unlikely to go down well at Stamford Bridge as the Blues wanted to spend”Way less than this ‘on the veteran’. Talks are set to continue with director Thomas Tuchel ‘paying Aubameyang as a priority’.
Tuchel worked with Aubameyang previously at Borussia Dortmund and admitted that he has “close link” with the attacker. Chelsea have already backed Tuchel in the transfer market with heavy spending on Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly and may not have finished spending yet.
However, Barcelona coach Xavi is keen to keep Aubameyang despite having Robert Lewandowski in his squad now. The Barcelona coach was asked about the striker’s future and explained that he feels he is an “important player” for the Catalans.
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Aubameyang ‘relaxed about his future’
Aubameyang has enjoyed life at Barcelona since his move from Arsenal, where he finished last season as the team’s top scorer with 13 goals from just 23 games for his new club.
The striker will “listen to an offer to Chelsea” if the Blues agree to a fee with Barcelona but “will not pay to return to London and be comfortable about his future”, according to Matt LeV. telegraph.
It is not yet clear if Chelsea will meet Barcelona’s assessment, especially given that he signed for free and celebrated his 33rd birthday in June. The Premier League side also has other targets and is keen on Anthony Gordon from Everton.
Barcelona “expects to have more clarity” on whether Chelsea will move to Aubameyang “later this week.” The summer transfer window remains open until the end of the month.
Should Barcelona sell to buy?
Aubameyang’s future at Barcelona could be complicated by the club’s ongoing financial situation. The Catalans were able to invest this summer in strengthening the squad by selling assets, but they will need to offload players if they are to fund any further deals.
Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva remains a key target, but Barcelona will only be able to make it to the Portugal international if they can sell some of their stars, The Guardian reports. Mundo Deportivo.
Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has already refused to leave, making players like Aubameyang, Sergino Dest and Memphis Depay members of the squad who could be sold to fund Bernardo’s deal.
Aubameyang is ‘willing to fight for his place’ and knows he has Xavi’s full confidence, but would likely be tempted to move to Chelsea where he could double his salary and see more regular playing time.
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