Chelsea’s decision to sign Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer has fallen apart, according to The Sun (via sky sports). The Blues were keen to lure the Gabonese to Stamford Bridge to bolster their attack this season, but now it looks like they will have to look elsewhere for reinforcements.
According to the aforementioned report, the deal is at an impasse as Chelsea and Aubameyang couldn’t reach an agreement on the length of the contract. The striker was eager to secure a two-year contract at Stamford, but the Blues were only ready to have him for one year.
It is not yet clear how the Premier League giants will react to the setback, with the transfer window set to close next week. Thomas Tuchel’s side are in dire need of attacking firepower after leaving Romelu Lukaku (on loan) and Timo Werner. The Blues have struggled in their first three Premier League games of the season.
Chelsea have scored just three times in the English top flight since the start of the campaign, with none of the shots coming from forwards. The Blues fired a blank in their last game at Leeds United, putting up an abysmal performance in a 3-0 loss.
Meanwhile, Aubameyang’s future at Camp Nou remains up in the air. Barcelona are looking to sell the striker this summer to free up their wage bill and raise funds for potential arrivals. According to reports, Manchester United have joined the race to sign the striker. It remains to be seen if the Red Devils can move the player away.
If nothing happens in the next few days, the Gabonese will probably stay at Camp Nou. Barcelona manager Xavi is believed to be a huge fan of Aubameyang and is ready to keep him as a second striker following Robert Lewandowski’s arrival in the summer.
Exploring Chelsea’s alternative options after failed Aubameyang transfer
Chelsea will likely turn their attention to another striker after their bid to sign Aubameyang failed. As the transfer window is about to close, Tuchel hopes to strike a deal soon.
According to the Spanish outlet sport, the Londoners have identified Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as their next target. According to the report, the Blues have sounded out the player’s entourage over a potential transfer.
Meanwhile, AC Milan’s Rafael Leao and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku are also said to be on the Blues’ radar. It remains to be seen who will end up at Stamford Bridge.