Chelsea set to sign €27m star as the 7th summer signing in the next few hours

In the coming hours, Chelsea’s search for a center-forward could finally be over as the team has made substantial headway on their seventh signing. According to Relevo, Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is nearing a meeting with Thomas Tuchel, his former coach.

However, According to the Spanish newspaper, Chelsea and the Catalans are in advanced transfer talks for the Gabonese attacker. The west London club will allegedly spend over €27 million on the transaction. The English team will probably pay an initial sum of €22 million and an additional sum of €5 million.

According to Relevo, there is rising hope in both sides that the transaction will be finalized within the next few hours.

Barcelona made a wise decision by signing Aubameyang. After Arsenal cancelled his contract, they signed the striker as a free agent in January.

In the second half of the 2021-22 campaign, the former Gunners forward solved Xavi Hernandez’s goalscoring problems by scoring 13 goals in 23 appearances across competitions. Now, with just a few months elapsed, they are going to make a great profit on a player on the wrong side of the 30s they signed for free.

Chelsea supporters will have little doubt about Aubameyang’s ability as they have seen him score some great goals for London rivals Arsenal in the last four years. The 33-year-old signed for the Gunners in 2018 for a price tag of €63.75 million and went on to score 92 goals in 163 appearances, while also setting up 21 for his teammates.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be delighted to link-up with his former player, whom he coached at Borussia Dortmund between 2015 and 2017. The Blues’ recent 3-0 defeat against Leeds United showed that they need a clinical centre-forward. Aubameyang is great at making runs behind opposition defenses and the German manager will try to utilize him as much as he can to do just that.

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