Chelsea have virtually completed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, as per CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs. The Blues are hurrying to finalise multiple acquisitions before the end of the summer transfer window on September 1.
Chelsea Set to Complete Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Signing From Barcelona
Aubameyang deal is virtually complete. Chelsea have already scheduled a medical for this afternoon. Rafael Leao won’t be possible unless Chelsea pay the €150m release clause. Milan have told this to Chelsea three times now. Edson Alvarez remains the priority after Aubameyang.
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) September 1, 2022
Medicals Booked for Barcelona Striker on Deadline Day
The London side have been working hard to get themselves a new striker after having offloaded both Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner in the summer. They are now nearing an agreement for the 33-year-old striker and will pay a fee of around £6.5 million and send Marcos Alonso the other way to the Spanish club.
Chelsea have now also booked a medical test for the Gabonese forward that will take place on Thursday afternoon. Everything is being fast-tracked just in time for Aubameyang to become a new player for the Premier League side before the transfer deadline is over.
The Blues have also reportedly proposed a two-year contract, with the option for an additional 12 months, for the 33-year-old forward, with Thomas Tuchel keeping the forward called ‘exceptional’ by Mikel Arteta in high regard after having worked with the striker at Borussia Dortmund.
🚨 Chelsea and Barcelona have now reached an agreement in principle for Pierre Aubameyang! €14m fee plus Marcos Alonso to Barça included — now finalizing details. 🔵 #CFC
Aubameyang is expected to fly to London in the upcoming hours, once details are resolved. pic.twitter.com/ehCYYpfcgF
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 1, 2022
Chelsea Also Looking for More Signings After Aubameyang
Jacobs also adds that the main reason behind Chelsea pushing for the Aubameyang signing is because they were unable to sign AC Milan star Rafael Leao. The Italian club refused three offers from them and informed them the only way to sign the speedy forward was to pay his £129 million release clause.
Instead, Thomas Tuchel’s side are now focused on improving their midfield situation after being outplayed by multiple oppositions early into the new season. They have also made a bid to sign Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez and have made him their priority after the Aubameyang deal. The Mexican international reportedly wants to make a move to Stamford Bridge and has even stopped training with the club.
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The London giants are hurrying with all negotiations to make some blockbuster last-minute signings and improve their squad after the shocking 2-1 loss to Southampton on Tuesday. So far this summer, Chelsea have signed Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella – as well as some young talents in Carney Chukwuemeka, Gabriel Slolina and Cesare Casadei.