Barcelona set price for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Chelsea ponder bid for former Arsenal striker ahead of potential reunion with Thomas Tuchel

Barcelona have reportedly named their price for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Chelsea interested in a move for the striker. The Catalan club hope to recoup £21million for the 33-year-old despite signing him on a free transfer in January. Chelsea could bid for Aubameyang before the end of the transfer window with Barcelona wanted £21m for his servicesgetty Chelsea are in the market for attacking reinforcements following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner this summer and view the former Arsenal man as an option. According to journalist Toni Juanmarti, They have now had a £12m bid rejected but it remains to be seen whether Chelsea would be willing to pay the fee wanted for a player in the latter stages of his career and who would command a large salary. Blues boss Thomas Tuchel managed Aubameyang during their time together at Borussia Dortmund and has fond memories of their time at the Bundesliga club. “I enjoyed working with him [Aubameyang] a lot, it was a pleasure. I’ve never had any issue,” said Tuchel when asked about his relationship with the Gabon international. “Some players stay your players because you work very, very close, Auba is one of these players. We had a very close relationship. “Always when we played him here with Arsenal, there was always straight away this close bond. They always stay your players in a way, Auba is one of these guys.” Tuchel managed Aubameyang during their time together at Borussia Dortmund and still share a close relationshipgetty Most read in Football LIVE Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2 LIVE reaction: Tuchel and Conte sent off after heated clash heated Conte and Tuchel sent off for clashes as Spurs and Chelsea play out fiery draw news Man United deny claim they'll end Ronaldo contract, Fofana latest, De Jong update punished Ten Hag cancels stars' day off as ex-Chelsea man 'laughed' at Eriksen decision upset West Ham fans throw fake money at Jesse Lingard after snubbed summer transfer not good enough Sancho 'poor' and Rashford told to leave as Man United wingers criticised Tuchel’s words have done little to quash rumours of a swoop for Aubameyang and with the transfer window entering its closing weeks and Barcelona keen on a sale, the striker could soon be making a premature move back to London.  Aubameyang had his contract terminated in January by mutual agreement so that he could push forward a move to Barcelona. His north London exit was in part due to a number of disciplinary issues which led to him losing the Arsenal captaincy. The signing of Robert Lewandowski means Aubameyang has fallen down the pecking order at the Nou CampGetty Aubameyang scored 11 goals in 17 La Liga games, helping thrust Xavi’s men up the table to an eventual second-placed finish and qualification for next season’s Champions League. But the recent signing of Robert Lewandowski has seen him banished to the substitutes bench and was introduced in the 82nd minute of Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Rayo Vallecano. Betting Offers Of The Weekend ALL CUSTOMERS: Bet £5 via the talkSPORT EDGE app with Paddy Power and get a £5 free bet – available to all customers* – CLAIM HERE NEW CUSTOMERS: Bet £10 with Bet365, Get £50 in Free Bets* – CLAIM HERE Paddy Power All Customers: Place a £5 Sportsbook Bet through the talkSPORT EDGE app between the 1st and 31st August. Get a £5 free bet on the next Monday after your qualifying bet. T&C’s apply. 18+ Begambleaware.org Bet365: Open account offer. Bet £10 & Get £50 in Free Bets for new customers at bet365. Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply 18+ Begambleaware.org SEE ALL FREE BET OFFERS FOR NEW AND EXISTING CUSTOMERS HERE Most read in Football LIVE Chelsea 2 Tottenham 2 LIVE reaction: Tuchel and Conte sent off after heated clash heated Conte and Tuchel sent off for clashes as Spurs and Chelsea play out fiery draw news Man United deny claim they'll end Ronaldo contract, Fofana latest, De Jong update punished Ten Hag cancels stars' day off as ex-Chelsea man 'laughed' at Eriksen decision upset West Ham fans throw fake money at Jesse Lingard after snubbed summer transfer not good enough Sancho 'poor' and Rashford told to leave as Man United wingers criticised

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