Aubameyang makes PL return to Chelsea transfer

02 Sep 2022 | 08:49 | Football

Chelsea have signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, ​​with the Gabon striker signing a two-year deal to return to the Premier League, the two clubs said on Thursday.

The transfer was well-announced after the 22:00 GMT deadline but Chelsea filed the paperwork for the Premier League in time after the former Arsenal striker arrived in London late on Thursday.

Barcelona say they have reached an agreement in which Chelsea pay 12 million euros ($11.94 million) to strengthen their frontline with Aubameyang, who previously thrived under manager Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund .

“I’m really happy. It’s an honor to be a part of this team and I can’t wait to get started. I have some unfinished business with the Premier League so it’s good to be back.” , Aubameyang said in a statement.

Aubameyang has scored 13 goals in 24 games for Barcelona, ​​but is still not enough after they signed Polish striker Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich and needed to offload players to comply with the rules. LaLiga’s finances.

Aubameyang is no stranger in the Premier League when he has spent 4 years playing for Chelsea’s London rivals Arsenal, scoring 92 goals in all competitions.

The 33-year-old was the league’s top scorer in the 2018-19 season and led Arsenal to an FA Cup title in the following campaign.

However, the Gabon international was at odds with Arsenal and their manager Mikel Arteta last season over disciplinary issues. He was first stripped of the captaincy before his contract was terminated before moving to Barcelona in February.

Chelsea have played without a recognized striker after Romelu Lukaku moved to Inter Milan on loan for the latest season while Timo Werner returned to RB Leipzig.

Chelsea have also announced the signing of Switzerland international Denis Zakaria from Juventus on a season-long loan, with the English club having the option of a permanent stay in the central midfielder at the end of the season.

Midfield reinforcements were needed during Chelsea’s hour as Tuchel said N’Golo Kante’s hamstring injury would keep him out for several weeks while Ruben Loftus-Cheek was also sidelined. Read full story

The London club, ranked 10th after five games, signed a number of prominent players during the transfer window, including Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Meanwhile, full-back Marcos Alonso, who joined Chelsea in 2016 for around £23 million ($26.6 million) and has a year left on his contract, has joined Barcelona as part of a follow-up deal. media reports.