Chelsea have completed the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona on transfer deadline day.
The former Arsenal striker joined the Catalan giants in January after a controversial departure from north London that saw him fall out with boss Mikel Arteta and was stripped of the club’s captaincy over disciplinary issues.
His goals helped Xavi’s side qualify for the Champions League last season but Barcelona’s dangerous financial distress, compounded by the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, has prompted them to capitalize on the 33-year-old striker.
Aubameyang, who scored 92 goals in 163 games for Arsenal, has signed a two-year contract with Chelsea with an option for a further 12 months, with the Blues reportedly paying a fee of the order of £10million.
Aubameyang told Chelsea’s website after signing for the club: “I’m really happy.
“It’s an honor to be part of this team and I can’t wait to get started. I still have things to do with the Premier League so it’s good to be back and it’s really exciting.
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly added: “Pierre-Emerick is an elite striker with a proven track record in the Premier League and his arrival strengthens our squad and gives us new attacking options.
“We are thrilled to have Pierre-Emerick on board in the new era at Chelsea and we look forward to working with him.”
His arrival has taken Chelsea’s spending to £278.4million for the summer – the highest ever by a club in a single window.
The Gabon forward will become Chelsea’s seventh signing of the summer after Wesley Fofana, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka, Marc Cucurella and Cesare Casadei.
Chelsea are back in action on Saturday when they face West Ham.
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