Chelsea are reportedly interested in bringing Arsenal
striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club in the off-season.
The Gunners star has long been linked with a move away from
the Emirates Stadium, and the Blues are among a list of clubs including Manchester United,
Real Madrid and Barcelona said to be interested in signing him.
And with the 30-year-old's current contract set to expire in
the summer of 2021 and talks over a new deal proving unfruitful, it appears
ever more likely that Arsenal will be cashing in on the Gabon international in
the next transfer window.
Having first enquired about the player's availability in
April, it has now been revealed that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has two main
reasons for wanting to add Aubameyang to his squad as he heads into his second
season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The first is he believes the former Borussia Dortmund man
could be signed for a similar price to that of Moussa Dembele, who continues to
attract plenty of interest after another prolific campaign with Lyon.
It is thought that the Ligue 1 club would demand around £60 million
for their 22-goal striker, and while that fee has not put Chelsea off pursuing
a deal, they are still looking at other options.
The second reason Aubameyang is seen as a good fit for the
Blues is due to his age and experience, with Lampard viewing him as someone who
can help bring on some of the young players in the squad.
The likes of Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham
have featured heavily for Chelsea this season and are a large part of the
reason they have spent much of the year in the top four.
However, the report states that Lampard is of the opinion
that the addition of Aubameyang would help his side close the gap on league
leaders Liverpool and second-placed Manchester City.
Recruiting a player who has scored 257 career goals so far
would certainly benefit Abraham, who has endured a hit-and-miss season in
After finding the net 10 times in the opening 12 Premier
League games, the Englishman managed just three in the league between November
and March, leading to his manager criticising his front men for a lack of
Aubameyang, meanwhile, has netted 17 goals in 26 appearances
and remains in contention to pick up the 'Golden Boot' for a second successive
- TEAMtalk media