Chelsea step up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang interest

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Chelsea step up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang interest - GETTY IMAGES
Chelsea step up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang interest - GETTY IMAGES

Chelsea want to push ahead with a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as a stop-gap solution before looking at long-term targets next summer including RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku.

Nkunku, 24, is among the high-profile attacking players on a shortlist of potential signings that will only be available at the end of the season, with AC Milan’s Rafael Leão also admired at Stamford Bridge. Next summer may also see Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic available on a Bosman free transfer.

Aubameyang, who worked with Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund, is seen as an ideal player to bolster Chelsea’s attack and, at 33, would be part of the squad going forward. His goalscoring form never dipped at Arsenal despite his spell at the club ending last season when he was stripped of the captaincy for disciplinary breaches.

After forcing a move to Barcelona, he scored 11 goals in La Liga in the second half of the season but has also seen the arrival of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha this summer at the Nou Camp.

Tuchel is targeting a forward before the transfer deadline at the end of the month to give himself options and variety in attack. Raheem Sterling was signed from Manchester City and Kai Havertz has started both Premier League games this season but Tuchel would welcome the addition of a further striker.

Chelsea are still in talks with Everton over Anthony Gordon, with discussions set to continue over the phone early next week, with club chairman Todd Boehly scheduled to be away from England. So far Everton have rejected a £45million offer for the England Under-21 international, who is valued at more than £50m by his club.

Leicester City centre-back Wesley Fofana is also wanted by Chelsea and will sign a long-term deal worth around £230,000-a-week in basic salary if a deal can be struck between the clubs on a fee. His arrival could result in interest from clubs taking Trevoh Chalabah on loan.