Barcelona have rejected Chelsea’s opening offer for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, with the Blaugrana set to hold out for a higher amount for their veteran striker.
The Blues are in need of forward reinforcements this summer, having seen Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku both depart and the futures of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic still uncertain.
And, following their failure to add Raphinha to their squad, Thomas Tuchel is particularly keen on a reunion with Aubameyang, who he spent a fruitful period managing while the pair were at Dortmund together.
When quizzed by the media, the Chelsea boss refused to close the door for any potential move amid speculation about their interest in the Gabon star.
“I enjoyed working with him a lot, it was a pleasure. I’ve never had any issue”, he explained.
“Some players stay your players, as you are very close. Auba is one of the players. Even when we played Arsenal, straight away it was a close bond” the German added.
Barca reject first bid
While Xavi is keen to keep the Gabon star at the club, Barcelona could look to cash in should a suitable offer be made. So far, however, that has not come. As per Spanish outlet Relevo, Chelsea have seen an opening verbal bid worth 14m euros turned down, with the Blaugrana holding out for in excess of 20m.
Financially, it would make sense for the club to cash in on the former Arsenal captain, with Aubameyang having signed a deal with Barcelona in January that saw him paid less in the first year of his contract than his second, which in turn would mean less wiggle-room for Barca financially as they look to find a way to register Jules Kounde before the end of the transfer window.