Chelsea have signed former Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a two-year deal from Barcelona, with the striker saying he has “unfinished business with the Premier League” when he returns to London.
After weeks of negotiations, Chelsea finally agreed a deal with Barcelona that would see Spanish left-back Marcos Alonso move the other way, plus a fee.
The deal was confirmed after midnight on deadline day and is expected to be followed by the loan of midfielder Denis Zakaria from Juventus.
Barcelona were keen to part ways with Aubameyang, who was signed by the Spanish club in January after he was dropped by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta due to financial difficulties and the arrival of Robert Lewandowski.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel wanted to strengthen his offensive options after the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner and meets the striker, who he previously coached at Borussia Dortmund.
Corresponding that of the independent Miguel Delaney, the Aubameyang camp and Barcelona were forced to compromise on their demands in order for the deal to be finalized before the transfer deadline.
Aubameyang has signed a two-year contract with an option for a further year.
The 33-year-old said: “I’m really happy. It’s an honor to be part of this team and I can’t wait to get started. I still have things to do with the Premier League so it’s good to be back and it’s really exciting.”
Aubameyang scored 68 Premier League goals in 128 games during a four-year tenure at Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal but was relieved and dropped of captaincy by Arteta last season for disciplinary reasons.
The Gabonese international scored 11 goals in LaLiga after joining Barcelona but made just one appearance this season following the arrival of Ballon d’Or winner and former Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski.
Aubameyang could initially be on the sidelines after suffering a jaw injury while defending his family from robbers who broke into his home in Barcelona on Sunday. According to reports from Spain, Aubameyang suffered a broken jaw and could be out for three weeks.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly said: “Pierre-Emerick is an elite forward with a proven track record in the Premier League and his arrival strengthens our squad and gives us new attacking options. We are thrilled to have Pierre-Emerick on board in the new era at Chelsea and look forward to working with him.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/aubameyang-chelsea-transfer-news-arsenal-barcelona-b2157575.html Chelsea confirm the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a two-year deal at Barcelona