Chelsea transfer news: Aston Villa could try sign £160k-a-week Blues forward in the summer

Aston Villa may reportedly be interested in a move for Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang, who joined Chelsea in the summer from Barcelona, hasn’t quite set the world alight during his debut year at Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old striker has three goals in 17 Blues appearances, which is why he’s been linked with a potential move away from west London already.

AS claimed earlier this month that Aubameyang has grown depressed at Chelsea and would like to pack his bags to leave. However, the £160,000-a-week attacker has already represented both Barcelona and the Blues this season, which leaves him pretty helpless in January because FIFA restricts a player from representing three clubs in a single campaign.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang interest

According to The Athletic, Aston Villa could explore a move for Aubameyang when the summer transfer window rolls around.

The report explains that Unai Emery, who worked with the centre-forward at Arsenal, is still fond of the player.

Therefore, Villa’s current manager could try form a reunion with him next season.

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Aubameyang appears to have fallen down the pecking order under Chelsea boss Graham Potter, but hopefully he can work his way back into favour during the second half of the season.

For certain, there’s definitely a gap in the XI right now for the experienced striker to do well.

Kai Havertz is currently the preferred option to start in the No.9 position, which isn’t his most natural role.

It does feel like Aubameyang has lost that spark since returning to the Premier League.

However, he scored 41 goals in 67 games when managed by Emery, so perhaps a reunion next season could be best for all parties involved.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.