Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel Pushing for Reunion With Barcelona Striker With No Alternatives Lined Up

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Fabrizio Romano has issued another update on the ongoing transfer negotiations between Chelsea and Barcelona for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Romano’s latest report indicates that Thomas Tuchel is pushing to sign the Gabon international as he is a “big fan” of the man he coached at Borussia Dortmund. It appears that it is Aubamaeyang or nothing for the club as Romano is unaware of any alternative choices should the deal fall through.

Thomas Tuchel Pushing for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Reunion

Proven Goalscorer

The 33-year-old is an ideal signing for one major reason: he scores goals. Whether it was in France for Saint-Etienne, in Germany for Dortmund, in England for Arsenal and even now in Spain for Barcelona, he has been able to put the ball in the net.

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Following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, this is something that the Blues are lacking as Armando Broja is currently their only remaining natural striker. While they have been happy to operate with three free-flowing attackers, a proven goalscorer could make the difference with the level of creativity on display in this squad.

A Reunion

Tuchel shot to prominence as manager of Borussia Dortmund who he managed from 2015-2017. During this time he coached Aubameyang and gained an affinity for the player. The German boss clearly brings out the best in the forward as the 2015/16 and 2016/17 campaigns were his most prolific to date, scoring 39 and 40 times in respective seasons.

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While age is certainly a factor in this deal, and one reason Chelsea are hesitant on a supposed £25 million price tag, the goalscoring ability on offer may outweigh the negatives. Especially as Tammy Abraham’s buy-back clause will be eligible next year, meaning the Gabon man only needs to produce the goods for one season.