Barcelona are once again keen on signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but only if they can get the player they sold for €12m for free.
In order to get rid of a problem at the club, Arsenal sanctioned the release of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for free so he could sign for Barcelona.
Six months later, Barcelona sold him to Chelsea for a fee of €12m.
Not long after Auba arrived at Stamdord Bridge, Chelsea sacked Thomas Tuchel and hired Graham Potter, who is not overly fussed on having the former Arsenal captain in his squad.
Rumours about a summer departure have been around for a while now, and he’s only been at Chelsea since the start of the season.
Barcelona are facing up to the possibility of losing Memphis Depay. He’s been linked with an exit for a while, as well, and with Joao Felix heading to Chelsea on loan, Atletico Madrid are said to be interested.
Should that happen, Barcelona want to replace him with Aubameyang – but only if Chelsea waive any fee for him.
Aubameyang can’t play for any other club than Barcelona & Chelsea due to FIFA rules. 100% confirmed. 🔵🔴 #FCB
Been told Barça would love the idea to bring Auba back… but only if it’s 100% free transfer, different salary terms and only if Memphis Depay leaves (Atléti want him). pic.twitter.com/6pYlbDdd8R
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 11, 2023
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid interested in Aubameyang
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are looking to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back to Spain, according to reports.
Sami Mokbel reports for the Daily Mail that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is attracting interest from Spain, with Joao Felix’s arrival pushing the striker down the pecking order.
Various La Liga clubs are monitoring Aubameyang’s situation, including Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, Gerard Romero reports that Barcelona are making moves to potentially bring the striker back to the club, though it will depend on their January departures.
Aubameyang seemingly still has a strong reputation in Spain, due to his exploits at Barcelona in the first half of 2022.
But even with Romelu Lukaku on loan and Armando Broja injured, Aubameyang still hasn’t been able to get into the starting lineup ahead of Kai Havertz since the World Cup break.
The striker missed Chelsea’s last game with a back problem, but he’ll reportedly return to the squad against Fulham.
When Lukaku returns, Broja recovers, Christopher Nkunku joins, Felix potentially makes his loan permanent, with Havertz already at the club and the recent acquisition of David Datro Fofana, Aubameyang will be one of many forward options at Chelsea.
As it stands, it’s hard to see which of those options he’s ahead of. Perhaps Fofana, for now, but the others would all have a stronger claim to minutes.
A move back to Spain would be sensible.