A fresh insight into the ongoing efforts of Premier League giants Chelsea to land Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona has been provided on Monday evening.
Hitman Aubameyang, of course, has long been tipped for a Stamford Bridge switch.
Amid the ongoing efforts of the Blues’ transfer team to replace Romelu Lukaku, the Gabonese, just six months on from departing London rivals Arsenal, has been identified as a leading target.
With Barcelona understood to be keen to move ‘Auba’ on to free themselves from his considerable wages on the back of Robert Lewandowski’s arrival, a deal coming to fruition has long been labelled as only a matter of time.
And yet, with just days remaining in the summer transfer window, no such agreement has been reached.
In turn, late on Monday night, an update on the situation has been provided.
The info comes courtesy of Jason Burt of The Telegraph, who has confirmed that the major sticking point in Aubameyang’s return to the Premier League finally materialising comes in the form of the contract demands laid out by the player himself.
The 72-time capped international, it is understood, is seeking a deal through the summer of 2025.
With Aubameyang now 33, and primed for a likely dip in production over the coming seasons, though, those in a position of power at Chelsea have been understandably ‘reluctant’ to meet such a request.
Nevertheless, the Pensioners are expected to mount one final push for the out-of-favour Barca man, who was subjected to a frightening home invasion on Sunday night, over the coming 24 hours.