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Chelsea are in desperate need of a new striker. It looks likely that Diego Costa will be leaving Stamford Bridge this summer purely because of the way Conte has virtually instructed the Brazilian to leave.
So that leaves Chelsea needing a new striker, however, of Europe's elite number nines very few of them are available to sign. At the start of the window Chelsea targeted players like Lukaku and Morata, but since then for one reason or another they've become unavailable. One of the only players who Chelsea actually stand a decent chance of singing is Borussia Dortmund's Aubameyang.
The Gabonese striker has been linked with a move to the Blues by Sky Sports, and recently Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke stated that they are willing to "talk" to clubs who are ready to meet their demands. It's also been reported by many outlets that Dortmund's asking price for the forward is £70m.
Aubameyang has been a brilliant striker over the past couple of years and at 28-years-old he still has plenty of gas in the tank. Speaking of gas, one of his best attributes is his pace - something that would be very welcome in the Premier League. Moreover, he also has a great finishing ability. Some critics have argued one of the striker’s main problems is putting the ball in the back of the net, but the statistics say otherwise: of the top 5 leagues top scorers, Aubameyang has the second best shot accuracy at 63% (Harry Kane is best at 65%).
In all honesty I see no issue with Chelsea signing Aubameyang. Obviously there's always going to be a risk with bringing a player from Europe to the Premier League, but in this case I think Aubameyang is well equipped to deal with the English game.
Although I think both Chelsea and Aubameyang would benefit from this move, I don't feel entirely confident in giving my opinion as to whether or not it will actually happen. The Blues have struggled to get transfers over the line this window (as we saw with Morata and Lukaku). Could Aubameyang just be the next striker Chelsea miss out on? I don't know. And I don't think many people do know, so I'd strongly advise you follow this story yourself and don't believe everything you hear because as we saw with Lukaku signing for United, things can completely change within an instance.