According to a new report from David Ornstein of The Athletic, Chelsea are having “second thoughts” about signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The former Arsenal man is currently subject to interest from Manchester United, who Ornstein notes are keeping tabs on the Gabon international, as well as Memphis Depay. In addition to this update on the Barcelona striker, The Athletic mentions that Frenkie de Jong and Anthony Gordon are still on the radar for Thomas Tuchel’s side.
Chelsea Rethinking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Decision
🚨 Anthony Gordon’s move to Chelsea is now looking unlikely because of a substantial gap between the two clubs valuation of the player.
Also, Chelsea are having reservations about signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang because of the financials involved.
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) August 29, 2022
There is a lot of value in picking up the 33-year-old, largely due to his goalscoring exploits. According to Transfermarkt, the former Borussia Dortmund man has a career total of 310 goals, 92 of which came for Premier League side Arsenal. Even in his brief stint in Spain, the forward has an impressive strike record of 13 in 24 games.
One major benefit of bringing Aubameyang to Stamford Bridge is his established relationship with Tuchel. The two worked together for two seasons in the Bundesliga and they proved to be the most prolific seasons of the Gabon international’s career.
Deal Breaking Down?
Based on the report from The Athletic there are question marks over the value of signing the 33-year-old. His age is already a factor but he will also expect a high salary, with performance bonuses included. Add in that his current club will want in the region of £15 million for him and it’s easy to see why Todd Boehly is having second thoughts.
Ornstein doesn’t mention any other strikers that The Blues could be considering, just that they also want Gordon who is unlikely to leave Everton. With the transfer window ticking down it’s time to get deals done or start trusting Armando Broja to lead the line.