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JUST IN : Barcelona reject Chelsea’s opening offer for veteran striker, Tuchel continues to press for move

Chelsea have reportedly stepped up their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and have submitted an offer worth nearly €14 million for the veteran striker. That offer, however, has been rejected by Barcelona, as per Toni Juanmarti.

The journalist also reports that Thomas Tuchel is pushing for the transfer, and wants Chelsea to match Barcelona’s asking price of €25 million. He has prioritised the move over all else, and wants to work with the forward next season.

Some players stay your players, as you are very close. Auba is one of them players. Even when we played Arsenal, straight away it was a close bond,” Tuchel said, speaking of the striker last week.

Barcelona are willing to continue negotiations with Chelsea as Memphis Depay’s potential move to Juventus has been halted. As of now, the discrepancy between the two parties if around €10 million, which is salvageable.

The Blues are also willing to double Aubameyang’s salary, which has temped the Gabonese international. His wages were already set to record a massive increase ahead of this season, which is part of the reason why Barcelona are open to selling him.

That said, reports have claimed that the Catalans are not open to offloading both Memphis and Aubameyang in the same window. They understand that 2022/23 will inarguably be extraordinarily hectic and want one of the two to serve as the backup to Robert Lewandowski.

While Auba is open to competition, he also knows that Tuchel will give him the starting spot at Chelsea, alongside Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount. He has the chance to be Stamford Bridge’s talisman for the next couple of years.

On the contrary, his relationship with Arsenal could get in the way of the transfer. The striker served as the Gunners’ captain after Mikel Arteta dismissed Granit Xhaka from the role.

As of now, the situation is ‘open’, and Barcelona could face a severe dilemma about letting Aubameyang stay or go.

 

 

 

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