Transfer market: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joins Chelsea

The summer transfer window has one last surprise for football fans before it ends. Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed for two years at Chelsea from FC Barcelona, ​​the two clubs announced overnight from Thursday to Friday. The Catalan formation specified in its press release that the former player of Saint-Etienne, Dortmund or Arsenal, aged 33, had been sold for 12 million euros.

“I’m so happy. It’s an honor to be part of this team and I can’t wait to get started. I have scores to settle with the Premier League and it’s so good to be back, it’s very exciting,” the player said in the statement.

The striker will indeed regain a championship he left just seven months ago, after terminating his contract with Arsenal, following disciplinary and punctuality issues. In six months spent in Catalonia, Aubameyang (73 caps, 30 goals) scored 13 goals in 24 gamesending the season as the club’s top scorer, tied with Memphis Depay.

Pushed out by the arrival of Lewandowski

However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was no longer part of the plans of the Spanish club, plagued by economic difficulties and who wanted relieve its payroll of the 2 million euros monthly that “Aubam” received, according to the Spanish press. The striker was no longer destined for a starting position at the forefront of the Barcelona attack since the recruitment this summer of Polish star Robert Lewandowski for around 50 million euros from Bayern Munich.

Chelsea had been looking for a center forward since the departure of Timo Werner to Leipzig for 20 million euros according to the English press and the one-season loan of Belgian Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan. It is the seventh rookie of the Blues who were the biggest-spending English team in an already extraordinary summer transfer window, even for the Premier League.

More than 200 million euros have been spent by the club’s new American owners, with the purchases of Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly or the French Wesley Fofana, in particular. The London club have had a mixed start to the Premier League season, with two wins, one draw and two losses after five league games.

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