ARSENAL failed to secure a sell-on clause when they allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave for nothing to join Barcelona.
Now the Spanish giants could cash in just six months later as Chelsea want the £15million-rated frontman as well as Barca team-mate Frenkie de Jong.
Barcelona could make a tidy profit if they sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea as they got him for free and only started paying his wages this seasonCredit: Reuters
Emirates chiefs were so desperate to offload Auba after his fallout with boss Mikel Arteta that they agreed to pay his £7m wages for the rest of the season.
That call came back to bite them when the Gabon international scored 13 goals to fire Barca to second in LaLiga.
Arsenal terminated Aubameyang’s £350,000-a-week contract, so they were unable to insist on a cut of any future transfer.
But the £42.5m signing of Robert Lewandowski means Auba is now surplus to requirements.
And Nou Camp bigwigs know Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is keen to work with his former Borussia Dortmund player again.
Aubameyang agreed a pay cut to £80k a week when joining in January.
But Barca only started paying that this season due to the Gunners’ £7m Auba pay-off.
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Cash-strapped Barca are happy to sell so they can register £42.5m strike legend Lewandowski and four other summer buys.
Leeds winger Raphinha cost £47m and the Spanish giants paid Sevilla £55m to beat Chelsea to centre-back Jules Kounde.
Stamford Bridge defender Andreas Christensen and AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie came in for free.
Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto also cannot be registered until Barcelona slash their wage bill as they’ve both signed new contracts.
Chelsea have splashed out even more than Barca under new owner Todd Boehly – £178m so far this summer.
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