Chelsea are having second thoughts about signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, despite the former Arsenal striker favouring them if he leaves Barcelona.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 28: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Barcelona warms up prior to the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on August 28, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Barcelona warms up prior to the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid CF at Camp Nou on August 28, 2022. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

David Ornstein reports for The Athletic that Chelsea have doubts over signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, having failed to reach an agreement with Barcelona or with Aubameyang over a fee or personal terms.

Chelsea are unsure whether a deal for Aubameyang represents good value given his age and high salary. If they do sign the striker, Chelsea would reportedly want to structure his contract to include performance incentives.

Manchester United have also been keeping tabs on Aubameyang, according to the same report. Though it seems he’s one of a list of options, also including a comeback for Memphis Depay.

Fabrizio Romano claims that Aubameyang’s priority is Chelsea, as he wants to play Champions League football this season. United can’t offer him that.

Though Chelsea are seemingly open to discussing a part swap deal involving Marcos Alonso, Barcelona want any Aubameyang deal to be discussed separately.

Romano claims the deal isn’t off, but seemingly isn’t yet close to completion either. A meeting in the next day will determine what happens next.

Barcelona's Gabonese midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on before the start of the friendly football match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 24, 2022. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)
Barcelona’s Gabonese midfielder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on before the start of the friendly football match between FC Barcelona and Manchester City, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 24, 2022. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Barcelona have financial difficulties and a new striker, having signed Robert Lewandowski this summer. That seemingly paved the way for Aubameyang to leave for Chelsea or United.

But with three days left in the transfer window, neither deal really seems to be progressing. It’s still possible we’ll see the striker remain in Barcelona after all.

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