Chelsea join Premier League rivals in race for prolific Ligue 1 striker

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Chelsea are ready to rival Manchester City and Arsenal for the signing of Ligue 1 star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to talkSPORT, the Stamford Bridge club sent scouts to watch the striker nicknamed ‘the King of Bling’ on Friday and are ready to challenge the Citizens for his signature.

However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in the Saint-Etienne star over the weekend, meaning a three-way Premier League tussle may ensue.

The 23-year-old has been in fine form this season, scoring in each of his last eight appearances, so it is no wonder clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester Coty and Arsenal have been linked with him.

Blues strikers Fernando Torres and Demba Ba have not been scoring freely in recent weeks and reports have emerged that owner Roman Abramovich may be losing patience with the Spaniard.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have suffered from inconsistency in the attacking department this season and Wenger could see the Gabon international as the answer to those problems next season.

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini did not replace striker Mario Balotelli when he joined AC Milan in the summer, which leaves room for an attacking addition this summer.

There has also been speculation surrounding Edin Dzeko’s future at the Etihad Stadium, so a move for Aubameyang could be connected with the Bosnian’s possible departure.

However, all three of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City could miss out on him as the talkSPORT report claims German champions Borussia Dortmund are also interested.

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