In recent weeks, rumours have circulated that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will make a sensational return to Barcelona just a year after leaving for Chelsea.
Aubameyang is keen on returning to Catalonia
The 33-year-old joined Barça in January of last year. He stayed for six months before leaving for Chelsea in a €12 million deal. However, things have not gone well for him at Stamford Bridge. He has fallen out of favour with manager Graham Potter.
It has fueled speculation about his future, with Barcelona reportedly viewing him as a genuine option to boost their squad this summer. Auba managed to score 13 goals and provide one assist in 24 appearances for Barca after joining the Spanish club last year.
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According to SPORT, Chelsea may be unwilling to let Aubameyang leave for free even though they do not expect him to play next season. It is possible that Barcelona will look into a season-long loan for the Gabonese striker.
The 33-year-old was spotted in Barcelona earlier this month celebrating barca’s El Clasico victory with his former teammates. It was said to have enraged Chelsea, who were considering terminating his contract.
However, according to SPORT, while Chelsea appeared happy to let him leave for nothing in January. But, they are now unwilling to give away an asset for nothing in return. As a result, a loan move may become an option for Barça.
Barca looking for a back-up striker.
Vitor Roque is the Catalans’ main target to strengthen the centre-forward position. However, Athletico Paranaense’s demands may become an issue because La Liga’s Financial Fair Play policies will limit the Blaugrana’s spending power.
In that case, a loan move for Aubameyang could be a viable and cost-effective option for Barcelona.
Furthermore, it has been reported that the former Arsenal captain wants to return to Catalonia. Even, He is willing to do so for a low salary.
He would also be glad as a backup to Robert Lewandowski.
Thus, the 33-year-old could be a viable option for Barcelona, until they can get their finances in order.
Barca is looking to get a back up striker at an affordable price tag. As the club’s main target is to add Leo Messi, B. silva, İlkay Gündoğan in summer transfer window.
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