Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly wants to remain at Barcelona this summer amid interest from Chelsea – but we all know that means little to the La Liga side.
The best example of this has been their treatment of Frenkie de Jong, who reportedly wants to stay at the club, but Barca are looking to get him out the door unless he takes an almost 50 per cent pay cut.
That’s despite the Catalan giants continuing to purchase players in the transfer market with Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde all joining this summer.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano insisted earlier this week that Chelsea were ‘considering’ a move for former Arsenal striker Aubameyang as they continue their search for a striker.
And it was good news for Chelsea yesterday with ‘desperate’ Barcelona ‘willing to offload’ Aubameyang in an attempt to ‘balance books’ at the club.
However, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo now claims that the Gabon international ‘has no intention of leaving’ Barcelona this summer and wants to stay at the club until the end of his contract in 2025.
Aubameyang is ‘very happy’ at Barcelona with the report adding that the 33-year-old ‘fought for four years to be able to get to Barça and that now, when he feels comfortable and is important within the project, he is not willing to change’.
Chelsea ‘wanted to make sure that the striker would be willing to change things’ before they decided to enter negotiations with the La Liga outfit but that is something he is ‘not willing to do’.
Aubameyang is ‘willing to compete’ with Lewandowki for a starting berth over the coming season as he ‘is in very good harmony with the entire dressing room’.
Barcelona boss Xavi wants Aubameyang ‘for his project’ and thinks his stay would give his side ‘two of the most powerful’ strikers in Europe – but it remains to be seen if the Barca hierarchy feel the same.
Aubameyang left Arsenal in early February and joined Barcelona on a free transfer after the Premier League club terminated his contract.
He was stripped of the Arsenal captaincy by Mikel Arteta earlier this season after a “disciplinary issue” saw him fall out of favour.
The striker made a great start to life at Barcelona, bagging 11 goals in 17 La Liga appearances last season and it’s not hard to see why Xavi would want to keep him.