Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea owner Boehly is working on potential deal for 11-goal player
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is heavily involved in the club’s pursuit of Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for whom they are preparing an opening bid, according to Fabrizio Romano.
In the Premier League opener win over Everton last week, Thomas Tuchel deployed Raheem Sterling as a false nine, ahead of Kai Havertz, who played on the left, and young striker Armando Broja.
While Sterling did not register any goal or assist, the England international was still influential on the pitch, especially around the opposition penalty box.
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Broja is currently the only natural number nine in the first-team squad, while Sterling and Havertz can be more modern roaming forward options.
According to Romano, Tuchel is actually looking to add another striker to the squad, and he wants Aubameyang, whom he previously worked with at Borussia Dortmund.
“Chelsea are serious about Aubameyang,” the Italian transfer expert explained on his YouTube channel.
“The discussions are entering important stages.
“Todd Boehly is in direct contact with people who are close to the deal to prepare an opening proposal for the striker.
“Chelsea are pushing because of Thomas Tuchel, who is a big fan of Aubameyang — their relationship is great.”
Romano also said that Barcelona and their manager Xavi Hernandez are actually happy with Aubameyang’s performance since joining the club at the start of the year, but their financial situation puts them in a difficult spot.
“[But] Barcelona’s initial plan was to keep one of either [Memphis] Depay or Aubameyang, so let’s see how things develop,” he added.
Romano mentions on Twitter that Chelsea will have more talks with Barcelona through intermediaries during the weekend before submitting their initial bid for the 33-year-old.