Watch: Fabrizo Romano has exciting Aubameyang news for Chelsea
Chelsea have been linked with a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over recent days and Fabrizo Romano has details of the latest development in their pursuit of the Barcelona striker.
Barcelona’s continued financial problems has left the Catalan giants battling to balance the books, and offloading players remains crucial to the future of the club.
Robert Lewandowski’s arrival from Bayern Munich has left Barca comfortable with Aubameyang leaving for the right terms and Chelsea are believed to be keen on bringing the former Arsenal man to Stamford Bridge.
During his Friday press conference, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel said: “I enjoyed working with him a lot [at Borussia Dortmund], it was a pleasure. 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.
“[I have] no concerns [about his attitude] because I experienced none of this. This is nothing to do with the situation in Arsenal which I will also not comment on out of respect. It’s not on me to comment, I don’t know what happened. In Dortmund, there was never an issue.”
And Romano has provided the latest in the club’s pursuit of the striker. Speaking on his YouTube channel, the Italian journalist said: “Chelsea are serious about Aubameyang and the discussions are entering into an important stage.
“Todd Boehly is in direct contact with people close to the Aubameyang deal and is preparing an opening proposal for the striker.
“Barcelona are super happy with Aubameyang, both privately and publically, with Xavi saying that he trusts the player and wants Aubameyang to stay.
“But, at the same point, it depends on the proposals and Chelsea are pushing because Tuchel is a big fan of Aubameyang. Their relationship is great but now it’s time to discuss with Barcelona.
“We are entering into key stages of the story.”