Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang only left London last season to sign for Barcelona from Arsenal in January. The striker’s relationship with Mikel Arteta had soured, and Barcelona came in for his signature. He made a strong impact for the Catalans, making 17 appearances for the club in La Liga and scoring 11 goals. Robert Lewandowski’s arrival at the club has thrown doubts over his future once again.
Timo Werner Off To German side RB Leipzig as Aubameyang Replaces Him
The North London Football Club, Chelsea is nearing the sale of Timo Werner to RB Leipzig, as reported by Metro. Callum Hudson-Odoi is also nearing a move, as reported by the Telegraph. There is plenty of movement in the squad’s attack ahead of deadline day. The club is interested in Aubameyang as a short-term solution in attack, and the striker still possesses the dynamism and pace to make an impact at the club.
Aubameyang had his highest goal-scoring season under Thomas Tuchel when the two worked together at Borussia Dortmund, and they shared a good bond. During the 2016-2017 season, he made 32 appearances in the Bundesliga and scored 31 goals. Whether or not Chelsea follow up on their interest in the coming weeks is yet to be seen, but Aubameyang could turn out to be a shrewd signing by the club
Frenkie De Jong A Top Priority For Chelsea This Season
Frenkie de Jong getting forced out of Barcelona has become the transfer saga of the summer. Barcelona is struggling financially and needs to get De Jong off the wage bill to relieve some of the burdens. The club owes De Jong £17 million in deferred wages, and the Dutchman is adamant to receive the money before leaving. De Jong’s priority is to stay at the club, but that is increasingly unlikely.
Manchester United has agreed to a fee of £63 million for De Jong, according to The Athletic. De Jong’s reluctance has meant that the Red Devils have patiently waited for around two months. Todd Boehly, in his numerous talks with Joan Laporta, had enquired about De Jong, and the Blues are now increasingly being linked to the player.
According to The Athletic, the club does intend to bid for the player, but they will first look to agree on personal terms and convince him to sign for the club. Once they have convinced De Jong, they will submit a bid to Barcelona. The Spanish club is running out of time to solve their wage issue, and De Jong’s fate should be decided soon enough. If the Dutchman decides to leave, Chelsea will act.
Chelsea is taking the transfer market by storm after a slow start to the window. The sale of the club and the change in ownership meant that the club was playing catchup in June, but in recent weeks they have shifted gears. Outgoings are expected, and following the signings of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly, they have signed Carney Chukwuemeka and Marc Cucurella.
Wesley Fofana to Bolster Chelsea Squad
With 23 days left in the window, the club is not done and is being linked to several players. They could end up spending more than £250 million, which would break their record expenditure in a transfer window. Mentioned below are three players that the club could sign over the next three weeks. These players will add quality to the team and allow Chelsea to compete on all fronts.
Chelsea is chasing Wesley Fofana, who plays for Leicester City in the Premier League. Fofana is a 21-year-old right-sided centre-back, and following a leg fracture last year, he has recovered and is impressing once again. The defender signed a five-year contract with Leicester in January, and in normal circumstances, clubs would have avoided him this summer.
Fofana was high on the Blues’ list, but they did not think it was possible and targeted players like Jules Koundé and Milan Skriniar. Recent events have forced Chelsea into going all-in for Fofana, and the club recently saw a £70 million bid rejected, according to Metro.
Chelsea is expected to table a third bid for Fofana in the region of £80 million, as per journalist Ben Jacobs. Such a fee would make the Frenchman the most expensive centre-back ever. Leicester does not want to sell the player as they are yet to buy a player in the window. Someone will need to budge, and by all accounts, Chelsea will not give up.