Two-time European champions Chelsea are plotting a move for Barcelona striker Pierre-EmerickAubameyang this summer. This is according to the various reports in the media. Chelsea want to sign a new striker between now and the rest of this summer’s transfer window. The search for a new striker has been narrowed down to Aubameyang. Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel worked with the Barcelona player for some years at Borussia Dortmund in the German top flight and they enjoyed a very good relationship. To this effect, Tuchel is keen to reunite with Aubameyang at Stamford Bridge.

Popular transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the interest of Chelsea in Aubameyang. In addition to Romano, several renowned journalists have revealed the Blues’ interest in the former Arsenal striker. It has been reported in the media that Barcelona will hold out for €30m for the 33-year-old African star whom manager Xavi Hernandez is reluctant to let him leave the Nou Camp. Chelsea are not prepared to pay as much as that for the attacker as reported in the media as well.

Aubameyang was the Arsenal skipper before he was frozen out of the first team for disciplinary issues at the end of last year. He had six months left on his Arsenal deal by the time he was released to join Barcelona at the start of this year. An agreement was reached between him and Arsenal for the player to sign for the Catalan giants as a free agent in January. He was able to rediscover his form at Barcelona as it had been lost in the final months of his time as an Arsenal player. Auba scored 13 goals and provided one assist in 22 games in all competitions when he signed for Barcelona last season.

Gabonese star Aubameyang is no longer guaranteed a place in the Barcelona starting XI after the club signed Polish international Robert Lewandowski in a €50m deal this summer. Aubameyang came on as a substitute as Barcelona forced to a goalless draw at home to Rayo Vallecano in their La Liga opener this season.