Report: Chelsea now very close to signing £250k-a-week star, deal could be done in next few hours

Chelsea are reportedly drawing close to signing Barcelona star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to Spanish outlet Relevo on Twitter, Chelsea and Barcelona are at a “very advanced” stage of a transfer for the 33-year-old striker.

It is explained that a deal worth €22million (£18.6million) plus €5million (£4.2million) in variables is close.

In addition, there’s optimism that a deal may even be finalised in the next few hours.

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Chelsea close to signing Aubameyang

If rumours are true, Chelsea are on the brink of addressing a serious problem area at Stamford Bridge.

Aubameyang, who had four successful years as a goalscorer for Arsenal, could be about to fill a considerable void in Thomas Tuchel’s Blues squad.

The quick forward has shown during his eye-catching career he can score bucket loads of goals when operating as a centre-forward.

With none of Chelsea’s attackers scoring in the opening three games of the Premier League season, it’s pretty evident there’s issues at the front end of the pitch.

Aubameyang was a major success when he was coached by Chelsea boss Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, so now may be an ideal opportunity for them to rekindle their partnership.

The £250,000-a-week attacker would be a slight risk given his age. However, Blues fans may point towards the success of Thiago Silva at the Bridge at an even later age.

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New optimism

It’s likely that the Chelsea fanbase will massively get behind Aubameyang if he signs, albeit he’s got an Arsenal connection.

There’s almost a desperation from Blues supporters to have a striker again that scores consistently, which is why there’s always so much hope and optimism when a new forward arrives.

Aubameyang will be aware of the trap that strikers to seem to have when it comes to struggling to score at Chelsea, but there aren’t many around that have been as consistent as him at scoring in recent years.

Incidentally, Ray Parlour thinks the ex-Arsenal man could be a success at the Bridge.

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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.