Aubameyang joins Chelsea | Alonso contract terminated ahead of Barca move

Chelsea have signed former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, with Marcos Alonso set to go the other way after his Blues contract was terminated.

Chelsea are understood to be paying in the region of £10m plus Alonso for the former Arsenal striker.

Aubameyang flew to the UK on Thursday afternoon for his medical and to finalise the deal, which was completed after the 11pm deadline after Chelsea filed the deal sheet to allow more time.

Aubameyang suffered a minor fracture of his jaw in an attack on his home over the weekend. The Gabon forward, who is expected to be out of action for three weeks, can resume non-contact training next week.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been spotted in London ahead of a deadline day move from Barcelona to Chelsea.

Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. Although Thomas Tuchel had been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he was keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

While Barcelona are yet to formally announce Alonso’s arrival, he has left Chelsea by mutual consent, allowing more time for a deal to be completed. He won six trophies in his six years with the club, including the Premier League and Champions League.

Aubameyang’s signing means Chelsea have spent a huge £278.4m in the summer transfer window, including the arrivals of Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly. It is the most any club has spent in a single transfer window.

Chelsea also finalised a loan deal for Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria on Deadline Day, but a £43m offer for Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez failed to materialise into a completed deal.

Carra: I’m delighted Auba is back

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“He’s a quality player, there is no doubt about that. I think it’s a good signing. People may question Arsenal’s role in this and the fact they let him go for free, and now Chelsea are paying money for him eight months later.

“I think it’s a good signing for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea, and also the right decision from Mikel Arteta – look at where Arsenal are right now.

“We know Aubameyang brings goals and quality but, at times, there are maybe situations and misdemeanours off the pitch or within the dressing room and Arteta couldn’t stand for that.

“But Tuchel knows him well from their time at Borussia Dortmund and, as a neutral, I’m delighted he’s back in the Premier League because he’s a brilliant player.”

Chelsea need instant impact

Sky Sports Adam Smith:

“Some players stay your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players,” Tuchel told journalists last month, effectively validating reports Chelsea were eying a move for his former striker.

While the Gabon international created headlines for the right and wrong reasons during his time at Arsenal, Aubameyang simply produced goals at Borussia Dortmund under Tuchel – with 56 Bundesliga goals in 63 appearances across two campaigns.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund

That partnership ended when Dortmund sacked Tuchel at the end of the 2016/17 season and Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the winter window of 2018 for a then-club-record £60m – hitting the ground running with 10 league goals in just 12 starts.

However, his goal ratio dipped incrementally over four campaigns and culminated with him being stripped as club captain for disciplinary reasons before leaving the club by mutual consent six weeks later and joining Barcelona on a free transfer.

In true Jekyll and Hyde form, the flamboyant striker once again burst from the blocks in La Liga, averaging nearly one goal per game last term – helping the club climb from fifth in the league to finish runners-up behind rivals Real Madrid.

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However, Barca have been busy in the transfer market this summer amid an ongoing controversy surrounding their rush to raise capital and register incomings, which include former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Barcelona opened the door for Aubameynang to leave the club after only seven months at the Nou Camp – making around £10.3m and acquiring Alonso in the process – and Aubameyang’s old mentor has come calling. But why?

Some players stay your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players

Thomas Tuchel

The 33-year-old would slot seamlessly into Tuchel’s plans, having worked together so fruitfully during the two-year period which ended five years ago.

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Additionally, Aubameyang has a track record of making instant impacts and would fill the No 9 void left by Romelu Lukaku, who failed to ignite upon his £97.5m return to the club last season and was loaned back to former club Inter Milan this term.

Chelsea have been struggling with an age-old issue during the German’s tenure – converting chances. Albeit only five games in, the Blues have the seventh-worst expected-goal differential in the division.

Indeed, midfielder Mason Mount tops the club’s chart for league goals during Tuchel’s reign, followed by the versatile Kai Havertz – who has recently adopted a false No 9 role – holding midfielder and penalty-taker Jorginho and bit-part winger Christian Pulisic.

As the graphics below reveal, Aubameyang also offers versatility and positional fluidity – having worked the left flank and central positions in equal measure during his time at the Emirates.

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On song, the striker is clinical and the goal map below highlights what he could offer Chelsea: goals, in and around central areas inside the box, and is likely to primarily take up a central position – allowing summer-signing Raheem Sterling to be deployed down his favoured wide channel.

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With the Blues sat 10th in the Premier League table after five games and only two wins under their belt, Tuchel will be hoping his former favourite can make another explosive impact.

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How much did clubs spend?

Chelsea led the way for total spent this summer on new signings with £278.4m – which surpassed the all-time record outlay in a summer window set by the Blues two years ago.

Manchester United moved up to runners-up on Deadline Day with a £227.4m outlay, ahead of West Ham (£179.2m), Tottenham (£172m) and Nottingham Forest (£157.3m).

Player sales

Manchester City topped the table for incoming cash from player sales with £178.8m recouped – considerably more than Brighton (£115.3m) and Leeds (£105m).

Leicester (£75.9m), Wolves (£60.2m) and Merseyside rivals Everton (£60m) and Liverpool (£56m) also notably replenished the club’s coffers, with Chelsea (£50m) and Aston Villa (£35m) close behind. Meanwhile, Bournemouth, Palace, Fulham, Newcastle, Forest and Southampton failed to claim any cash for disclosed fees.

Net spend

All that spending and selling equates to the final net spending table, which saw Chelsea (£228.4m) reign supreme – narrowly ahead of Erik ten Hag’s spending splurge to reinvent Manchester United (£202.4m) and struggling West Ham (£164.2m).

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Chelsea agree Aubameyang deal with Barca | Alonso heading to Nou Camp

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Barcelona to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Marcos Alonso going the other way.

Sky Sports News reported early on Deadline Day that Chelsea were closing in on an agreement with Barcelona for Aubameyang. Chelsea are understood to be paying in the region of £10m plus Alonso for the former Arsenal striker.

Aubameyang has been given permission to fly to the UK for his medical and to finalise the deal, with personal terms not expected to be a problem.

Aubameyang suffered a minor fracture of his jaw in an attack on his home over the weekend.

The Gabon forward, who is expected to be out of action for three weeks, can resume non-contact training next week.

Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He had three years left on his contract.

Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

Tuchel has already spent £268m this summer on players, including Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Chelsea need instant impact

Sky Sports Adam Smith:

“Some players stay your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players,” Tuchel told journalists last month, effectively validating reports Chelsea were eying a move for his former striker.

While the Gabon international created headlines for the right and wrong reasons during his time at Arsenal, Aubameyang simply produced goals at Borussia Dortmund under Tuchel – with 56 Bundesliga goals in 63 appearances across two campaigns.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund

That partnership ended when Dortmund sacked Tuchel at the end of the 2016/17 season and Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the winter window of 2018 for a then-club-record £60m – hitting the ground running with 10 league goals in just 12 starts.

However, his goal ratio dipped incrementally over four campaigns and culminated with him being stripped as club captain for disciplinary reasons before leaving the club by mutual consent six weeks later and joining Barcelona on a free transfer.

In true Jekyll and Hyde form, the flamboyant striker once again burst from the blocks in La Liga, averaging nearly one goal per game last term – helping the club climb from fifth in the league to finish runners-up behind rivals Real Madrid.

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However, Barca have been busy in the transfer market this summer amid an ongoing controversy surrounding their rush to raise capital and register incomings, which include former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Barcelona opened the door for Aubameynang to leave the club after only seven months at the Nou Camp – making around £6.5m and acquiring Marcos Alonso in the process – and Aubameyang’s old mentor has come calling. But why?

Some players stay your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players

Thomas Tuchel

The 33-year-old would slot seamlessly into Tuchel’s plans, having worked together so fruitfully during the two-year period which ended five years ago.

Mask

Additionally, Aubameyang has a track record of making instant impacts and would fill the No 9 void left by Romelu Lukaku, who failed to ignite upon his £97.5m return to the club last season and was loaned back to former club Inter Milan this term.

Chelsea have been struggling with an age-old issue during the German’s tenure – converting chances. Albeit only five games in, the Blues have the seventh-worst expected-goal differential in the division.

Indeed, midfielder Mason Mount tops the club’s chart for league goals during Tuchel’s reign, followed by the versatile Kai Havertz – who has recently adopted a false No 9 role – holding midfielder and penalty-taker Jorginho and bit-part winger Christian Pulisic.

As the graphics below reveal, Aubameyang also offers versatility and positional fluidity – having worked the left flank and central positions in equal measure during his time at the Emirates.

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On song, the striker is clinical and the goal map below highlights what he could offer Chelsea: goals, in and around central areas inside the box, and is likely to primarily take up a central position – allowing summer-signing Raheem Sterling to be deployed down his favoured wide channel.

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With the Blues sat ninth in the Premier League table after five games and only two wins under their belt, Tuchel will be hoping his former favourite can make another explosive impact.

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Europe: Sanchez scores twice for Marseille, PSG held by Monaco

New-look Marseille’s bright Ligue 1 start continued as Alexis Sanchez’s double lifted them within goal difference of leaders PSG, who were held at Monaco.

Igor Tudor’s new-look Marseille are looking good with Sanchez helping his side to a 3-0 at south-coast rivals Nice.

Nice recruited strongly, bringing in established Premier League players like goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, but they are still seeking a win and sit 18th.

Marseille have made a strong start under Tudor, who is known as a disciplinarian and whose appointment was questioned by fans – especially when he left playmaker Dimitri Payet out of the first three games.

But a high-octane brand of pressing soccer is winning over fans, with 10 points from their first four games, and Sanchez already firing on all cylinders.

The Chile forward grabbed his first goal in the 10th minute and, after Nuno Tavares made it three goals in four games this season, the on-loan Arsenal full-back combined with Payet to help set up Sanchez’s second goal just before half-time.

Neymar won and scored a penalty as PSG rallied to draw 1-1 at home to Monaco.

After Kevin Volland had given the visitors an early opener in Paris, Neymar latched onto Lionel Messi’s pass down the left and cut inside central defender Guillermo Maripan, who appeared to catch him with an outstretched leg.

The referee waved away PSG’s penalty claims but then awarded a spot-kick following a video review.

Neymar used his usual staggered run-up to confuse goalkeeper Alexander Nubel before casually guiding the ball home. It was Neymar’s sixth goal in the league and eighth in five games overall.

La Liga: Lewandowski strikes twice as Barca hammer Valladolid

Barcelona thrashed Valladolid 4-0 with Robert Lewandowski on target again
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Barcelona thrashed Valladolid 4-0 with Robert Lewandowski on target again

Robert Lewandowski continues to make scoring look easy after joining Barcelona from Bayern Munich. He found the net twice to lead the Catalan club to a 4-0 rout of Valladolid in La Liga.

Real Madrid relied on Karim Benzema to maintain a perfect start with a third straight away victory. Benzema scored in the 88th minute and deep into stoppage time to give the defending champions a 3-1 win at Espanyol.

It was the third league goal for Benzema, while Lewandowski took his tally to four. The Poland striker had also scored a double in the 4-1 victory at Real Sociedad last weekend, and was twice denied by the woodwork at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

“He is extraordinary,” Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández said of Lewandowski. “He is a natural leader who has been helping us greatly.”

Pedri González and Sergi Roberto also scored for Barcelona, which had opened their campaign with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp.

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Chelsea in advanced talks for Aubameyang

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

One source has told Sky Sports News an agreement is close. The deal under discussion is thought to be worth between £15m and £25m.

Negotiations between Chelsea and Barcelona have been ongoing for the past few days and there is a willingness from both clubs to get a deal done.

Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He has three years left on his contract.

Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund
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Aubameyang’s record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund

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Chelsea in talks to sign Aubameyang from Barca | Alonso included?

Chelsea and Barcelona have been in talks in the last few days over the signing of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Those talks – which have gone late into the night – have so far failed to find an agreement.

The deal under discussion is thought to be worth between £15m and £25m. Chelsea want to include Marcos Alonso in the package, while Barcelona want straight cash.

Barcelona want the money to help enable them to register Jules Kounde.

Barca have been interested in signing Alonso this summer, with one source claiming that has cooled given their issues in registering their new signings.

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Aubameyang continues to train as normal, with Barcelona playing away at Real Sociedad on Sunday night.

Discussions between Chelsea and Barcelona are ongoing and there is a willingness from both clubs to get a deal done.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund
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Aubameyang’s record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund

Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He has three years left on his contract.

Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

Follow the summer transfer window with Sky Sports

Who will be on the move this summer when the transfer window closes at 11pm on September 1?

Keep up-to-date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

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  • 128 exclusively live Premier League matches.
  • First pick of matches for every weekend of the Premier League season.
  • The best punditry team in football including Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp, Graeme Souness, Micah Richards and Roy Keane.
  • Kelly Cates and David Jones will present our live coverage across Friday Night Football, Saturday Night Football, Super Sunday and Monday Night Football.
  • In-game goals and clips for mobile devices from Sky Sports live matches.
  • Extended highlights On Demand and our Premier League channel.
  • Sky Sports is your ultimate destination for domestic football with live coverage of the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and the Women’s Super League.
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