Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is willing to join Chelsea and a part-exchange bid involving Marcos Alonso has been lodged with Barcelona, 90min understands.
The 33-year-old has only been a Barcelona player for seven months after joining the club on a free transfer from Arsenal, but his time at Camp Nou could be coming to an end as Thomas Tuchel looks to reinforce his striking options at Stamford Bridge.
A meeting was held on Thursday morning between Chelsea and Aubameyang’s representatives and 90min has learned that it was made clear that the Gabon international would be willing to move back to London to reunite with Tuchel – his former manager at Borussia Dortmund.
It’s understood that Chelsea have now made an offer for Aubameyang, which 90min understands to be just shy of £15m plus Marcos Alonso – a player the Catalan giants have been chasing all summer long.
Personal terms still need to be fully agreed with Aubameyang, and while Chelsea’s offer falls below Barcelona’s rumoured £20m asking price, the willingness to send Alonso to Camp Nou as part of the deal could get a move over the line.
Indeed, 90min understands that Alonso has already agreed personal terms with Barcelona and is preparing to undergo a medical, in the knowledge that his time at Chelsea is coming to an end.
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Barcelona head coach Xavi had expressed a desire to keep Aubameyang at the club, despite signing Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, but the club’s dire financial position may be another determining factor in whether or not Chelsea’s offer is accepted.
Currently, Chelsea’s striking options comprise of Kai Havertz and Armando Broja, after Romelu Lukaku left to rejoin Inter on loan and Timo Werner departed for his former club, RB Leipzig.
Co-owner Todd Boehly is also working on a big-money move for Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, while the Blues’ pursuit of Everton forward Anthony Gordon may not be over despite a £45m bid being turned down.