Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted he enjoys working with reported transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The pair formed a great partnership during their three seasons together at Borussia Dortmund. Aubameyang excelled under the German manager and was eventually transferred to Arsenal.
Four years later, the striker left the Emirates Stadium to join Barcelona, where he has since scored 11 goals in 17 La Liga appearances. However, Robert Lewandowski’s arrival at Camp Nou means he could be kicked out of the Catalan giants. Aubameyang, however, has three years left on his current contract.
Sky Sports have claimed Chelsea are interested in signing the Gabon international and Tuchel spoke about his former star striker at a press conference. When asked if he had enjoyed working with Aubameyang in the past, the 48-year-old boss said (as quoted by Football.London):
“It was a pleasure. Some players remain your players because you were very close and Auba is one of those players. Even when we played against him with Arsenal, there was that close bond straight away.”
Pundit claims Barcelona would be happy to offload the 33-year-old striker to Chelsea
The Blues are in desperate need of a centre-forward following the recent departures of Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku. Although Tuchel has worked with Aubameyang before, many have wondered if signing a highly paid striker approaching his 30s is a good idea.
speaking to talkSPORT, Gabby Agbonlahor claimed that while the move made sense for Chelsea. He also thinks Barcelona would also be happy with the change. The former England and Aston Villa striker said:
“I think Aubameyang makes sense, Thomas Tuchel needs a striker. He knows him well from Dortmund. It makes sense. Barcelona will probably be buzzing to get him off the wage bill.
The Spanish giants are said to be in huge financial trouble and could struggle to register any of their new signings unless they can cut the club’s annual salary.
Aubameyang enjoyed plenty of success during his time with the Gunners as he netted 92 times in 163 appearances. He also steered the club to an FA Cup victory in 2020 and reached the Europa League final a year earlier.
The striker eventually had his contract terminated by the club after his relationship with manager Mikel Arteta collapsed following a series of disciplinary lapses.
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