According to recent rumors, Barcelona are close to agreeing a deal with Chelsea for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The latest update comes from Relevo who claim that a fee for €22 million plus €5m in variables could be about to go ahead.
An Aubameyang deal has been rumored for a little while. But it’s about to accelerate after a weekend of tough negotiation moves for the two clubs.
Chelsea lost 3-0 to Leeds United during the weekend. That performance showed how much the club needs a new striker. That’s of course is the case after the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
Meanwhile, Barcelona ran over Real Sociedad with a 4-1 win away from hom. In that match Aubameyang did not even make it off the bench.
Yet Barcelona were also without Jules Kounde. He is still waiting for his registration. Therefore, the club needs offload few players.
Xavi admitted after the game he was pretty annoyed not to have Kounde available and will certainly be hoping he can play next time out in La Liga against Real Valladolid.
Selling Aubameyang to Chelsea will free up around 40m from the FFP. That will not only allow the registrations of Kounde, but also to sign new fullbacks. Xavi and the technical staff are desperately looking for new left and right backs. Selling Auba will allow them to do just that.
And who will be the sub of Lewandowski? One option is to rely on what we have – Ferran and Ansu. However, there are also good options that can come on a free transfer: Cavani and Belotti for example.