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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is spotted in London after flying over to seal a £12million transfer to Chelsea… while the former Arsenal striker insists he’s delighted to be back in the Premier League after his brief period at Barcelona
- Chelsea and Barcelona have signed a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
- Deadline day talks focused on £12m deal with Marcos Alonso
- Aubameyang now faces a race against time to sign for the 11 p.m. deadline
- Thomas Tuchel urgently needed a striker all summer
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was spotted in London on Thursday night making a £12million transfer to Chelsea within a £12million deadline.
The 33-year-old Barcelona forward flew into the capital for medical treatment before switching £12million back to the Premier League.
Talks about the Gabon striker have been going on for weeks and the Blues have long been optimistic about their chances of closing a deal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was spotted in London on Thursday evening
The 33-year-old attacker flew into the capital for his £12million medical treatment
It’s now a race against time to strike a deal before the window closes
But there is now a race against time to finalize an agreement with Barcelona before the 11pm deadline.
Footage from Sky Sports shows Aubameyang, 33, arriving in England to finalize the deal. The video shows the ex-Arsenal striker getting out of a taxi in the capital with his representatives.
The deal sees Thomas Tuchel’s Blues pay £12million and send left-back Marcos Alonso out of favor at the Nou Camp.
Aubameyang is believed to have agreed an initial two-year deal.
Chelsea and Barcelona finally agree on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Chelsea made a £15million bid to sign Aubameyang earlier this month, but it appears they have reached an agreement with the Catalan giants, with Alonso being crucial as part of the deal.
It was previously thought that Aubameyang’s move to the Blues had failed after the two sides failed to reach an agreement, but Chelsea’s new offer appears to be more to the liking of Barca.
Barcelona still wants to bring more faces to the Camp Nou, but must first raise money.
Aubameyang, who only arrived at the club in January, has already netted 13 goals and an assist in 24 games, but is now one of many players deemed redundant.
The arrival of Robert Lewandowski this summer has reduced Aubameyang’s playing time
Thomas Tuchel’s need for a striker was highlighted on Tuesday in a 2-1 defeat at Southampton
The 33-year-old took to social media this week after he was reportedly assaulted by a group of four men and threatened with firearms.
He posted: ‘Hey guys, thank you so much for all the messages. On Sunday night, some violent cowards broke into our house and threatened my family and my children, just to steal some things.
“They injured my jaw but I will recover in no time and thank goodness no one else was physically hurt.
“The feeling that we are no longer safe in our own home is difficult to understand and describe, but as a family we will overcome this and be stronger than ever.
‘Thank you for all the support, it really means a lot to us.’
Aubameyang suffered a minor fracture to his jaw during the traumatic episode, which will likely leave him out for several weeks.
He could opt for surgery, but has been told that if it heals naturally, there will be faster results.
Aubameyang’s departure would certainly help the Blaugrana look for fresher faces, especially as it will facilitate the arrival of another target in Alonso.
In six years at Stamford Bridge, the Spanish international defender has won six major honours, including the Premier League, Champions League and Club World Cup. He scored 29 times and provided a further 23 assists in 212 games.
Marcos Alonso has enjoyed six trophy-laden years at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea