Man Utd make move to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Chelsea deal stalls | Football


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the verge of leaving Barcelona

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on the verge of leaving Barcelona (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have made a fresh move to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Chelsea’s deal to sign the former Arsenal captain hitting a major snag.

The 33-year-old striker joined Barcelona in January following his acrimonious departure from the Gunners and his goals helped the Catalan giants qualify for the Champions League.

Barcelona’s perilous financial plight, allied to the summer arrival of Robert Lewandowski, has forced the club to reluctantly sell one of their prize assets.

Aubameyang had appeared to be on the verge of a return to London where he was due to reunited with Thomas Tuchel who is desperate to sign a new forward to revitalise his misfiring attack.

The Gabon international scored 92 goals in his four years at Arsenal and also enjoyed a productive relationship with Tuchel during their time together at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had been on the verge of agreeing a £25million fee with Barcelona but agreeing personal terms, according to The Sun, has not been as straightforward as anticipated.

The Blues are only willing to offer Aubameyang a one-year contract and see him as a short-term fix tot he attacking problems with RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku already on their wanted list next summer.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared to wave goodbye to Barcelona's fans against Man City on Wednesday

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appeared to wave goodbye to Barcelona’s fans against Man City on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)

Aubameyang, understandably, is holding out for a longer deal, especially as he was under contract at Barcelona until 2025 and will now consider a rival offer from Manchester United, according to Sky Italy.

Erik ten Hag is expected to make significant moves in the market before next week’s deadline with a right-back, a central midfielder, a back-up goalkeeper, a winger and centre forward on his whish list.

United returned to form with a much-needed win over Liverpool on Monday night during which Marcus Rashford returned to form, thriving in a central role.

With Cristiano Ronaldo’s future still the matter of intense speculation and Anthony Martial suffering a fresh fitness setback, United desperately need another reliable option up front and view Aubameyang as the perfect solution.

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United, meanwhile, are still struggling to make a breakthrough in their attempts to sign Ajax’s Antony with a €90m offer rejected on Friday.

A frustrated Antony, desperate to complete a dream move to Old Trafford, broke ranks last night and told Fabrizio Romano: ‘Since February of this year, my agents came to Amsterdam to inform Ajax of my desire to leave the club to face new challenge and that some interested clubs would arrive and with them, certainly a great offer.

‘In June of this year, I interrupted my vacation and came personally to inform the managers of Ajax, including new coach, about my wish to leave and that they should consider this possibility, because it was a project for two seasons.

‘During the window months, meetings continued and I also received a proposal from Ajax for contract renewal. I made it clear once again: I WANT TO LEAVE.

‘Today, in a meeting with the club, I expressed my old interest in leaving, only this time with a considerable offer on the table. Others had already arrived! Ajax refused with argument that they only have five days to replace me.

‘I’m not asking for them to release me, I’m asking Ajax to sell me to the highest bid received for a player in the history of the Eredivise.

‘I’ve been insisting on this since February, so the club can rebuild with peace of mind.’


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