Aubameyang for Chelsea. (Credit: AFP)
The Gabonese seems to be on the way out following a disappointing season for the Blues, where he fell out of favour.
Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reportedly agreed to personal terms for a three-year deal with Ligue 1 side Marseille, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Aubameyang, who arrived at Stamford Bridge from Barcelona last summer, struggled to find his footing all throughout last season.
Olympique Marseille and Chelsea will discuss about Pierre Aubameyang this week. Talks scheduled in order to reach an agreement and let Pierre join OM. 🔵🇬🇦Personal terms agreed on three year deal. pic.twitter.com/zhqE3d7oRa
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 18, 2023
The Gabon striker, who cost Chelsea 12 million pounds, made 22 appearances for the Blues last season and scored only thrice. He was brought in with the hopes of reuniting with former coach Thomas Tuchel, who got sacked days after his arrival.
Following Tuchel’s sacking in September, Aubameyang struggled to make an impression under Graham Potter and was left out of the club’s Champions League squad following a number of January arrivals.
A return to the south of France might just provide him with the opportunity to reinvent himself and find his footing yet again.
He though will have to take a considerable pay cut from his current 150,000 pounds-per-week contract in order to facilitate the move.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have reportedly told Marseille that they want 5-6 million pounds from the French side if they are to avail his services from them.
Marseille, who will be making a comeback to the Champions League this season after finishing third last season in the league, are on the market to acquire some sure-fire star power that will aid the team with navigating the European tournaments, and that is what they aim to do with Aubameyang.
The Blues are keen to get Aubameyang off the wage bill and free up funds for further incomings before the end of the window. Pochettino has already made six first-team additions this summer, including Christopher Nkunku, Andrey Santos, Malo Gusto and Nicolas Jackson.