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Manchester United join race for 30m Chelsea target

The Blues could see another transfer hijack

Manchester United have joined Chelsea in the race for veteran striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer as they search for reinforcements across their frontline, as per reports in Spain.

The Red Devils have been desperately looking to add to Erik ten Hag’s firepower this summer, with Cristiano Ronaldo keen to leave and the only other recognised option at no.9 in the squad Anthony Martial, who was out of favour last season and spent the second half of 2021-22 on loan at Sevilla.

They have been priced out of a move for no.1 target Antony, who seems set to stay at Ajax this summer. Meanwhile, they have been forced to pull out of a move for Marko Arnautovic due to fan backlash, and a deal for Cody Gakpo seems unlikely at this stage.

As a result, Spanish journalist Gerard Romero has revealed that the club have turned their attention to 33-year-old former Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined Barcelona in January.

Chelsea still pushing

Should they want to land the Gabon man, they will face stiff competition from Chelsea, who are keen to reunite Aubameyang with Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge. The pair enjoyed a strong relationship together during their three seasons together at Borussia Dortmund.

The Blues have already seen one bid, around 14m euros, turned down for Aubameyang, with Barcelona thought to be holding out for 30m euros. Given the desperation of the two sides, they could well reach closer to that amount than anticipated.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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