Chelsea 'told to pay £23m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang'

Chelsea Have Reportedly Been Told It Could Cost Up To £23m To Secure The Services Of Barcelona Forward Pierre-emerick Aubameyang.

La Blaugrana Did Not Pay Arsenal A Penny To Bring The 33-year-old To Camp Nou In January, With The Gunners Terminating His Contract After He Was Stripped Of The Captaincy. Aubameyang Has Struggled To Return To His Best Form Over The Past 18 Months At Arsenal, But Has Come Into His Own As Xavi's Focal Point At Barcelona.

The Former Borussia Dortmund Player Finished His First Half-season At The Club With 13 Goals In 23 Games In All Competitions, Including 11 Strikes In 17 La Liga Games. However, Aubameyang Now Faces Competition From Old Bundesliga Rival Robert Lewandowski, Who Has Been Given The Nod For This Weekend's La Liga Opener With Rayo Vallecano. Aubameyang Was Only Brought Off The Bench In The Final Eight Minutes Of The Encounter But Was Unable To Prevent Xavi's Side From Being Forced To Accept A 0-0 Draw.

Following The Arrival Of Lewandowski, Chelsea Were Tipped To Bring Aubameyang Back To The Premier League And Barcelona Are Reportedly Willing To Do Business With The Blues. However, Thomas Tuchel Will Not Be Joining Aubameyang On The Cheap As Journalist Gerard Romero Claims Barcelona Want At Least £21m To Part With The Gabon International. Romero Adds That Barcelona Could Hold Out For A Fee Approaching £23m, With Aubameyang Still Under Contract With The Catalan Giants For Another Three Years.

Barcelona's Asking Aubameyang Price

Chelsea Are Said To Have Balked At Barcelona's Asking Price And Aubameyang Is Keen To Fight For His Place At The Camp Nou, But The Blues Are Still In Discussions With The Blaugrana Over A Possible Move. During His Time With The Gunners And Previously Under Tuchel During His Prolific Spell At Dortmund, Aubameyang Scored 68 Goals And Set Up A Further 16 In 128 Premier League Appearances.

Tuchel Was Asked About Speculation Over Aubameyang's Future Ahead Of Sunday's 2-2 Draw With Tottenham Hotspur And The German Spoke Of The Striker As Still Being "one Of His Players", Adding Fuel To The Potential Transfer Fire.

"i Worked A Lot With Him, It Was A Pleasure. It Has Nothing To Do With The Current Situation, But Some Players Remain Your Players Because You Were Very, Very Close And Auba Is One Of Those Players," Tuchel Told Reporters.

"we Had A Very Close Relationship. Whenever He Played Here With Arsenal It Was Such A Close Bond. They Always Remain Your Players In A Way And Auba Is One Of Those Players."

Chelsea Have Already Allowed Romelu Lukaku To Return To Inter Milan On Loan, While Timo Werner Ended His Two-year Spell At The Club With A Permanent Move Back To Rb Leipzig Earlier This Month. Raheem Sterling Has Arrived From Manchester City To Strengthen The Attacking Ranks And Chelsea Have Reportedly Rejected A £40m Bid For Everton Striker Anthony Gordon.

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