Jose Mourinho is keen to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Chelsea, according to recent reports.
Such a claim is made by The Daily Express, who report that the Portuguese is thought to be eager to add the £6 million-rated striker to his current squad.
The same source - citing speculation from France - suggests that Aubameyang has been told he is free to leave current club Borussia Dortmund, despite having only moved to Signal Iduna Park from Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Étienne last summer.
With Chelsea already believed to be in hot pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, an additional move for Aubameyang would certainly seem to represent a real commitment from the club to significantly improve their attacking options for an assault on the Premier League title next season.
The French-born Gabon international - who has 34 senior caps to his name for the Panthers - would presumably not be adverse to the chance to start afresh, having failed to really assert himself as first-choice under Jurgen Klopp.
13 goals in the Bundesliga last season would suggest that the versatile Aubameyang does indeed have all the tools necessary to succeed at the elite level, though, which is why it may come as a surprise to learn that Dortmund are looking to dispense of his services at the same time they are set to lose star striker Robert Lewandowski on a free transfer to title rivals Bayern Munich.
Die Borussen's loss could well be Mourinho's gain this summer, although it is unclear at this stage if Chelsea plan to turn their long-standing interest in the 24-year-old into a formal bid during the next transfer window.
The Express also report that Newcastle are another club in the race for Aubameyang, as they seek to find an effective replacement for Loic Remy, the French forward who has returned to parent club Queens Park Rangers following a prolific season-long loan spell at St. James' Park.
While Newcastle may hold some appeal for the player, you would imagine that they would struggle to compete with Chelsea if indeed the Blues did decide to step up their interest.
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