It’s still a soap opera that animates this famous « longest day »! According to the radio cope, Chelsea had made a new offer to FC Barcelona to try to secure the services of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The latter was for a sum of 7.5 million euros, supplemented by the transfer of Marcos Alonso. An option that would not interest Barça, which however remained focused on the arrival of a left side. The new talks were about a €13m deal and incorporating Alonso into the deal.
We have to believe that these recent negotiations hit the bull’s eye because in England, through the intermediary of The Athletic and even in Spain with Sport, an agreement has been reached between the two teams for the imminent transfer of the striker. The English media even claims that a two-season contract (+ one as a bonus) has been concluded with the former Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal player. If no amount is specified, Sport indicates that it would be a sum lower than 20 M€, without mentioning Marcos Alonso. The latter is however still on the way to Catalonia.
Aubameyang is already leaving
The transfer of the Gabonese will therefore indeed take place, despite the latest unpleasant news. As a reminder, Aubameyang was the victim of a violent burglary at his home a few days ago. Assessment: fractured jaw after having received several blows to the face. He should miss 4 to 5 weeks of competition. Faced with this very unfortunate unavailability, Chelsea had been cooled for a while to go further because the English club has immediate needs on the ground, especially since the departures of Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku.
Tuchel finally holds his striker and FC Barcelona is also relieved. The departure of his player, who was not really planned at the start of the summer, will reduce his payroll. It is also the economic situation of the club which forced the management to change its tune. In the contract signed in January, the center forward was to receive a higher salary this season. It would have done a lot for a player now confined to a substitute role since the arrival of Robert Lewandowski. And then remember that he arrived free six months ago. The somersault is largely positive.