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Chelsea report: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang happy at Barcelona amid Blues speculation

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Pumas UNAM at Camp Nou on August 07, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would reportedly rather stay at Barcelona (opens in new tab) than join Chelsea (opens in new tab), who are said to be interested in signing the striker.

Aubameyang, 33, continues to be linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge, having only joined Barca in February – following his controversial exit from Arsenal (opens in new tab).

But it seems that the Gabon international has no great desire to leave the Camp Nou, despite now having to play second fiddle to summer arrival Robert Lewandowski.

According to Mundo Deportivo (via the Mirror) (opens in new tab), Aubameyang sees his long-term future with the Catalan giants.

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel applauds their fans after the final whistle of the Premier League match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park on August 06, 2022 in Liverpool, England

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This comes after Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel opened up about his special bond with the player he coached during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Speaking last week, the German said (opens in new tab):

"Some players stay your players because you work very, very [closely]; Auba is one of these players. We had a very close relationship."

Such comments are hardly likely to dispel speculation over a reunion between the pair in West London.

However, the Blues are thought to disagree with Aubameyang's valuation by Barca: according to Metro (opens in new tab), the three-time European champions would demand a fee around £21m to £23m.

Chelsea have flexed their financial muscles by splashing out more than £160m this transfer window, but even they may struggle to justify such an outlay for a player of Aubameyang's age.

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...