Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would prefer to stay at Barcelona than join Chelsea


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)
    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

    Former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would prefer to stay at Barcelona than return to the Premier League with Chelsea, according to reports.

    Chelsea are in need of a striker after losing Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner – with the Blues keen on signing Aubameyang this summer – and it is believed that the Gabon international is willing to hear them out if they make an approach.

    Aubameyang has a great relationship with Thomas Tuchel but only joined Barcelona in January following his controversial departure from the Gunners, which saw his contract terminated after he fell out with manager Mikel Arteta.

    The former Arsenal captain enjoyed a reputation-restoring second half to last season during which he scored 13 goals in all competitions but his Barcelona future has suddenly become shrouded in uncertainty.

    Barcelona’s perilous financial position, allied to the high-profile arrival of Robert Lewandowski, has dramatically shifted the picture for Aubameyang, little more than six months after he moved to Camp Nou.

    However, according to new reports in Spain, Aubameyang is keen to stay at Barcelona because he feels ‘very comfortable’ at the club and has bonded well with his new team-mates.

    Sport have reported that Barcelona would rather sell former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay instead and that boss Xavi considers Aubameyang a key player, although Chelsea still remain interested.

    Aubameyang’s representatives are set for key talks with Barcelona’s hierarchy and Chelsea will wait for the outcome of those negotiations before deciding whether or not press ahead with a plan to sign a player who Tuchel knows well from Borussia Dortmund.

    Speaking at the height of his Arsenal exile last December, Tuchel was effusive in his praise of the 33-year-old, who helped the Gunners win the 2019-20 FA Cup.

    Tuchel said: ‘I can only say the best things about Auba as a player and as a person.

    ‘I feel sorry for him that he’s in trouble. This is not where he should be with his kind of quality and the positive character that he has – and I still believe in that.

    ‘But I’m not involved, and I’m not involved in what’s going on at his club now, and for this I also want to show my respect [to Arsenal] and not be involved and not judge what is right and wrong.

    ‘I just have my picture and my relationship with Auba and this is not affected by that.’

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