UPDATE: Fabrizio Romano and multiple other sources now claim that Barcelona would much rather prefer straight cash for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Barcelona and Pierre Aubameyang’s camp will meet tonight. Direct talk to discuss Chelsea deal and so how to proceed after personal terms agreed yesterday night. #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 19, 2022
Barça ask for cash instead of Marcos Alonso included in this deal as they have to register Koundé.
Barcelona’s interest in Alonso is said to have cooled off for now, which is undoubtedly related to their inability to register all the players they have already signed, although they could be willing to sign him in a separate deal later on in the window.
Barca want Alonso in a seperate deal, interest hasn’t cooled. (@gerardromero)— Pys (@CFCPys) August 19, 2022
According to The Athletic, Chelsea have “submitted a proposal” to Barcelona to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, offering £15m (€17.5m) and Marcos Alonso in exchange for the 33-year-old striker.
The total value of the deal (€25m-ish?) would thus be quite close to the €27m bid rumored earlier this week, with the two teams already in talks over an €8m transfer for Alonso — which has been held up by Barcelona’s financial issues. Combining these two transfers would make this a very rare part-exchange “trade” in football, but one that would very much make sense for both teams in this circumstance.
EXCL: Chelsea have submitted a bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona. Offer believed to be £15m + Marcos Alonso moving opposite way. #FCBarcelona yet to respond. Personal terms with 33yo Gabon striker would be no issue @TheAthleticUK #CFC https://t.co/pl4OUrcu8f— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 19, 2022
The report adds that personal terms are “not likely” to be an issue between Chelsea and Aubameyang, though evidently (and understandably) they are pending an actual agreement between the two teams first.
Meanwhile, Barcelona have reportedly informed La Liga that they will soon be making a couple transfers that will significantly affect their wage bill, which could very well include this deal.