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Chelsea in talks for Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko

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Chelsea are stepping up their seek for a striker after making enquiries for Barcelona‘s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Crimson Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko, sources have instructed ESPN.

The Blues are eager so as to add additional reinforcements after permitting Romelu Lukaku to rejoin Inter Milan on a season-long mortgage and are assessing their choices earlier than making a proper transfer.

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These into consideration embrace Aubameyang, who solely left North London rivals Arsenal in January to maneuver to Camp Nou on a free switch.

ESPN reported in April 2020 that Chelsea had been monitoring Aubameyang earlier than he signed a brand new long-term contract with the Gunners.

Thomas Tuchel has since changed Frank Lampard as head coach however that curiosity has endured, with Tuchel having fun with a detailed relationship with Aubameyang from their time collectively at Borussia Dortmund.

It’s unclear at this stage whether or not Barcelona could be keen to half with Aubameyang, though they’ve already signed attacking duo Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha this summer time and are below stress to lift funds in an effort to register their new gamers for the upcoming LaLiga season.

Aubameyang left Arsenal after falling out with head coach Mikel Arteta over what the membership perceived as repeated acts of in poor health self-discipline and poor professionalism. When requested in regards to the state of affairs in December final 12 months, Tuchel stated: “I really feel sorry for him that he is in hassle. This isn’t the place he ought to be along with his form of high quality and the constructive character that he has — and I nonetheless imagine in that.

“I am not concerned in what is going on on at his membership now, and for this I additionally wish to present my respect [to Arsenal] and never be concerned and never decide what is true and improper.

“I simply have my image and my relationship with Auba and this isn’t affected by that.”

Tuchel’s view of Aubameyang is especially vital given his elevated affect in Chelsea’s switch technique following the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital-led takeover of the membership.

After former director Marina Granovskaia and technical and efficiency advisor Petr Cech left the membership, a reshuffle noticed Tuchel take an even bigger position in figuring out the membership’s most popular targets.

An alternative choice into consideration is Salzburg’s Sesko, who has attracted curiosity from Manchester United amongst different golf equipment. The 19-year-old is reportedly accessible for a charge above €50 million.

Aubameyang could be cheaper however the state of affairs for Chelsea is sophisticated additional by ongoing negotiations with Barcelona for a number of different gamers.

Each Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta are eager on transferring to the Catalan giants however a charge is but be agreed for both participant whereas Chelsea are giving severe consideration to a transfer for Frenkie de Jong, a longtime goal of United’s.

Chelsea are prone to begin their first Premier League recreation in opposition to Brentford this weekend with Kai Havertz main their assault. Timo Werner is one other doable possibility however his future is more and more prone to lie elsewhere with former membership Crimson Bull Leipzig among the many doable choices.

In the meantime, Carney Chukwuemeka has agreed the phrases of a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge and accomplished his switch from Aston Villa.

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