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Aubameyang already planning Chelsea exit & opens talks over stunning transfer

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is already eyeing a move away from Chelsea and has started discussions over a sensational transfer next summer, according to reports.

Chelsea signed former Arsenal skipper Aubameyang in a £10million deal from Barcelona on last summer’s transfer deadline day.

The Gabon striker has been impressive for the Blues, opening his account for the club in last week’s Premier League win at Crystal Palace and also getting on the scoresheet in the recent 3-0 Champions League win over AC Milan.

But French outlet Foot Mercato claim Aubameyang has already started thinking about his next move and is considering joining Paris Saint-Germain next summer.

It is claimed that PSG are ready to make a ‘strong move’ for Aubameyang and have already began talks with the player’s representatives to discuss a possible deal.

Aubameyang is believed to have always viewed Paris as an ideal destination to play and could reunite with Christophe Galtier, who he worked with at Saint-Etienne.

The 33-year-old said he had ‘unfinished business’ when he returned to the Premier League after his Arsenal career ended in him being exiled by Gunners manager Mikel Arteta.

But Aubameyang was seen very much as a Thomas Tuchel signing and the German manager’s sacking has led to speculation over the player’s future as well.

Speaking last week, new Chelsea manager Graham Potter said Aubameyang had ‘nothing to prove’ to him and said he was enjoying working with him.

‘I’m looking forward to working with him, I’ve enjoyed working with him in the brief time we’ve been together,’ Potter said of Aubameyang.

‘I can see he’s a good guy, focused, wants to do well, wants to play, wants to score. So I’m really enjoying it. ‘He’s got nothing to prove to me or anything negative in that regard. His career is his career, I have huge respect for that.

‘My job now is to help him enjoy his football and be a part of what we’re trying to do here. He’s acted as a top professional, a top person, so I’m really looking forward to working with him.’

While Aubameyang has not been involved in much of Chelsea’s build-up in recent weeks, he has two goals in two games and Paul Merson says the Blues have been missing a player with his profile.

The former Arsenal player told Sportskeeda: ‘Aubameyang didn’t do much against Crystal Palace or AC Milan apart from his goals, but this is what the Blues have needed for a while now – a bonafide goalscorer.

‘Kai Havertz and Mason Mount are two fantastic footballers, but they won’t score as many goals as the ex-Arsenal man over the course of a league season.

‘There’s an art to goalscoring and the Gabonese striker seems to have mastered it over the years.’


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