Barcelona are interested in signing him as a free agent to be back up to Lewandowski
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already begun his battle to leave Chelsea as a free agent, something that could pave the way for his return to Barcelona this summer.
The striker has started negotiations to terminate his contract with Chelsea by giving up the remaining two years of his salary, but the London club are not making it easy for now, even though they are not counting on him for the future.
He already offered himself to Barça during the January window, but the operation did not come to fruition because the regulations did not allow him to be registered. In recent months, he has been in contact with his Blaugrana teammates and coach Xavi, making clear his desire to return to the club to play the role of second striker behind Lewandowski.
Aubameyang has promised that he will do everything possible to come back, but the operation must be financially feasible for Barça. That is why it is key that he arrives on a free transfer and that his salary is adjusted so that he can fit within Barça's spending limit.
At Chelsea, he earns a salary that is absolutely unaffordable for the Catalan club, but he is more than willing to make an effort.
Aubameyang's plan is to force the situation with Chelsea, a club that does not want to facilitate his arrival at Barça unless there is financial compensation. They paid €12 million last summer and are not willing to lose it. Despite everything, the Premier League side prioritises getting rid of the player's wage assuming that his signing has turned out to be a failure.
He has been offered to several European clubs on loan or at a low transfer fee. Inter Milan and Juventus are interested, but the player does not want to go to Italy for now. He is waiting for Barça, who have to confirm if they will be able to sign him. They are working on it, but it is not guaranteed, so no door will be closed.
Right now, the option of Aubameyang is gaining strength because of the price. It is a market opportunity that could postpone -- not rule out -- the signing of Vitor Roque, the striker the club wants for the future.