Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will reportedly join Marseille and leave Chelsea on a free transfer after falling out of favour at Stamford Bridge.
The 34-year-old was left out of the Blues’ pre-season training camp by Mauricio Pochettino, who clearly hasn’t been convinced by him.
Aubameyang scored one goal in just 15 Premier League appearances for Chelsea last term. Now, he looks set to end a dismal stint with the London club.
That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who claims Aubameyang has signed a three-year deal with Marseille.
On Twitter, he wrote: “Pierre Aubameyang has agreed to join Olympique Marseille, here we go!
“Auba will sign a three-year deal, as called two days ago — until June 2026. Chelsea will let him leave for free, told Auba will arrive tonight at Marseille’s camp and then undergo medical tests on Thursday.”
Chelsea signed Aubameyang from Barcelona for £10.3m last summer. He penned a deal valid until 2024. But, it now seems that has been terminated a year early.
As a result, the Gabon international has to go down as one of the most underwhelming signings in the Blues’ recent history, especially considering how many goals he scored for Arsenal in the Premier League.
Chelsea eye new striker after Auba departure
Scoring goals was a big problem for Chelsea last season. They netted just 38 goals in the Premier League, which was the key reason for them finishing in 12th place in the table.
Now, with Aubameyang set to leave the club, it remains to be seen whether or not Pochettino will bring in a new striker. Especially given Romelu Lukaku is expected to depart on a permanent basis this summer.
Chelsea have already brought in Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku, who can both play up front.
They have also been linked with a move for Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic. But, his wage demands are proving to be a problem for the Blues.
Elye Wahi is a more likely option. The Montpellier striker scored 19 goals in Ligue 1 last term and Chelsea hope to finalise a deal for him ‘within the week.’
Chelsea’s plan, however, is to loan Wahi out to their affiliate club Strasbourg. So he wouldn’t be an instant option for Pochettino.
The manager will most likely have to rely upon the options already in his squad. With that in mind, there is a lot of pressure on Jackson, Nkunku and Armando Broja to bang in the goals for Chelsea this season.