Barcelona-Chelsea has produced a memorable rivalry in Europe this season. But the fight is memorable but one-sided. Chelsea has repeatedly lost to Barca in the race to buy players.
It started with Leeds’ Brazilian winger Rafinha. Chelsea wanted to buy Rafinha. But Barca also noticed him. After doing whatever he could at Chelsea, Rafinha ended up at Barca. French defender Jules Cundeo did the same. Chelsea even had their eyes on Robert Lewandowski. But the Polish striker also joined Barca.
Chelsea bought Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barca at the end of the transfer window. The English club bought him for 1 crore 3 lakh pounds (about 113 crores in Bangladeshi currency).
Not only the transfer fee, Chelsea also have to sell defender Marcos Alonso to Barca to lure Aubameyang. “I’m really happy,” Aba said of joining the club at Stamford Bridge. Proud to be a part of this team. You can’t wait to get on the field. I have some unfinished business in the Premier League.’
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano said that Chelsea will sign a two-year contract with Aubameyang. With this, there is an opportunity to extend the term by one year. Barcelona’s contract with Alonso will be three years. The 31-year-old footballer is now in Spain for a health check-up. Aubameyang has also left Barca and is now at Stamford Bridge.
The last days at Barca did not go well for the Gabonese striker. A group of robbers raided Aubameyang’s home in Casteldefels in Spain. The Barca striker and his wife were at home at the time. A band of robbers took them hostage at gunpoint and looted valuable ornaments and money. Aubameyang will leave the terrible experience behind and start his journey under the old master in the new team.
Aubameyang previously played for Arsenal in the Premier League. He scored 92 goals in 163 matches. However, he played for Borussia Dortmund under Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel. The understanding between the two is also good.