Chelsea are increasingly confident of signing former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on deadline day after Todd Boehly included Marcos Alonso in his latest transfer offer to Barcelona.
The Blues are keen to sign a new striker before the summer transfer window closes on Thursday night after letting their club record – Romelu Lukaku – return to Italy last month.
Boehly, who bought the club from Roman Abramovich earlier this year, has already spent more than £250m this summer, bringing the likes of Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly to Stamford Bridge.
But Chelsea’s underwhelming start to the season has convinced Boehly and Thomas Tuchel that more spending is needed and the Blues aim to hire a new striker and midfielder before the window closes.
Aubameyang, who only joined Barcelona in January, has emerged as Chelsea’s top target and confidence is growing at Stamford Bridge that the deal will go through.
While Aubameyang has impressed during his short stint at the Nou Camp – scoring 13 goals in 24 games – Barcelona are ready to sack him to raise much-needed funds.
Manchester United have also expressed interest in signing the former Gunners striker, but Chelsea are at the front of the queue and have started advanced talks with Barcelona, according to Sky Sports.
It is claimed that Chelsea’s latest offer would see Blues defender Alonso join Barcelona in a player-plus-cash deal for Aubameyang.
Sky Sports add that all parties are “positive, hopeful and ready” to iron out a deal before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Thursday.
Aubameyang suffered a small fractured jaw in an attack on his home at the weekend and it seemed that could complicate Chelsea’s deal for the Gabonese international.
However, Chelsea are said to understand Aubameyang’s injury and not see it as a reason not to seek a last-minute summer deal.
Chelsea fans will know Aubameyang well from his largely successful spell at London rivals Arsenal.
The forward scored 92 goals in 163 games for the Gunners and helped Mikel Arteta’s side win the FA Cup before being stripped of his captaincy and exiled.
While Aubameyang struggled at Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund before moving to north London, Didi Hamann has backed the move to Chelsea.
The former Liverpool and Germany midfielder told GGRecon: “In terms of Aubameyang, he had his antics at Borussia Dortmund before he went to Arsenal but when you bring someone like him you know what you’re getting.
“If you find the key to the person, not the player, then I believe he will score you goals. I can’t think of many better options for Chelsea than him.
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