Barcelona 'make Chelsea outcast Aubameyang a top target'
Barcelona ‘make Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a top target for the summer’ with the Chelsea outcast keen on a Nou Camp return… with deal for Liverpool’s Robert Firmino already agreed when his contract ends
- Aubameyang has been frozen out at Chelsea and is keen on Barcelona return
- Reports say Barca have installed the 33-year-old striker as a summer target
- It comes with Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino already agreeing Nou Camp move
Barcelona have reportedly made Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their top striker target this summer – with Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino already on his way.
The LaLiga champions-elect want to sign Aubameyang, having only sold him to Chelsea last September.
Aubameyang, 33, was a popular figure in the Barcelona dressing room and would offer competition to Robert Lewandowski in the centre forward positions.
Sky Sports report that manager Xavi sees enough differences in their playing styles to put Aubameyang top of their shortlist of attacking players for the summer.
However, the club’s well-documented financial problems may preclude a deal, with Brazilian Firmino a cheaper option with his Liverpool contract set to expire in June.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could get his desired Barcelona return with the Spanish club reportedly making the Chelsea outcast a top target for the summer
The Gabon striker has found game time limited at Stamford Bridge this season and is expected to be among several players sold this summer
Roberto Firmino has already agreed a deal with Barcelona when his Liverpool contract ends
As Sportsmail reported, Firmino wants to leave Anfield for a new challenge and Barcelona have agreed a deal for him.
Aubameyang has been in touch with former Barcelona team-mates telling them he wants to return to the Nou Camp, having been frozen out at Stamford Bridge.
He was cut from Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the knockout stages and has played just 30 minutes of Premier League action since February after Graham Potter dropped him.
Sky say that Aubameyang’s attitude has been first class and he has continued to train in the hope of winning back his place in Chelsea’s forward line.
However, he is unlikely to be part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans going forward and the club are happy for him to leave in the summer window as part of an expected mass clear-out of players.
Barca wanted to bring Aubameyang back in January but didn’t have the money and this summer isn’t likely to be a great deal better as they desperately try to stay within LaLiga’s strict budget rules.
Chelsea paid £10.3million for the Gabon international last summer after he scored 13 times in 23 matches during the second half of the 2021-22 campaign, having moved there from Arsenal.
He has managed three goals in 19 appearances for the Blues, making just 10 starts all season.
Aubameyang enjoyed a successful half-season spell with Barcelona in 2022, scoring 13 times
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