Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tipped for Chelsea transfer this month – ‘It’s a possibility’
Thomas Tuchel reacts to Romelu Lukaku interview
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joining Chelsea this month is “a possibility”, reckons former Blues striker Carlton Cole. Aubameyang has been frozen out at Arsenal by manager Mikel Arteta. He was stripped of the Gunners captaincy last month after a disciplinary breach and has not featured in a match-day squad since.
Newcastle have been linked with Aubameyang’s signature in recent days.
But Cole believes Chelsea could be the destination for the 32-year-old.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel left Romelu Lukaku out of his squad for Sunday’s draw with Liverpool following the Belgian’s interview last month where he stated he was not happy with his situation at Stamford Bridge.
That has led to doubts over Lukaku’s future in west London despite only joining the Blues last summer.
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Appearing on Stadium Astro, Cole suggested Aubameyang as a potential signing for Chelsea amid the Lukaku saga.
“If you look at it, Chelsea is in need of a striker as well,” Cole said.
“Imagine that, you never know, stranger things have happened. It’s still London, do you know what I mean?
“I doubt that will happen, they’re not going to sell or loan to their rival club.”
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Despite having his own doubt, Cole then came more round to his own idea.
Aubameyang played under Tuchel for two years at Borussia Dortmund.
And Cole says that could lead to a reunion this month.
He added: “Look at the history. Dortmund, Tuchel, Aubameyang, they know each other and he knows what he gets out of him.
“So I’m not saying that’s going to happen. I’m saying it’s a possibility because everything’s a possibility in football.”
However, former Arsenal winger Jermaine Pennant does not think Chelsea would want to sign Aubameyang.
Pennant believes Lukaku will stay and therefore there is no need for Aubameyang in Tuchel’s squad.
“I don’t think Chelsea would want him,” Pennant said.
“Chelsea wouldn’t need him, they’ve got Romelu. Why would you want Pierre and Romelu? His stats have not been great.”
Pennant can instead see Aubameyang moving abroad this month.
“I’m sure he’s not short of offers, abroad could even be an option for him,” he added.
“At the end of the day he’s a good striker, he’s a great striker, his stats and goals for Arsenal have shown that. So I’m sure there will be sniffs come January.”
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