Discussions between Chelsea and Barcelona are ongoing and there is a willingness from both clubs to get a deal done; the deal under discussion is thought to be worth between £15m and £25m; one source has told Sky Sports News an agreement is close
Monday 22 August 2022 22:06, UK
Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with all parties optimistic a deal can be struck.
One source has told Sky Sports News an agreement is close. The deal under discussion is thought to be worth between £15m and £25m.
Negotiations between Chelsea and Barcelona have been ongoing for the past few days and there is an agreement in place between Chelsea and Aubameyang.
Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He has three years left on his contract.
Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea have been encouraged towards a second set of discussions on a deal for AC Milan's Rafael Leao.
Portugal forward Leao has numbered among the most highly regarded potential transfer targets all summer by the Blues' new ownership set-up.
The 23-year-old has been deep in negotiations with Milan over a new long-term contract for some time now, and those advanced talks saw Chelsea's interest cool earlier in the window.
But Chelsea chiefs are thought to have been urged to look into Leao's status again, opening the door for what could now be a closer exploration of the chances of pulling off a deal.
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