Chelsea target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is for sale if a suitable bid comes in because Borussia Dortmund are concerned about his work rate.
Jose Mourinho was credited with an interest in the Gabon international last week and it appears as though they have been encouraged to approach the Bundesliga club. Should the Blues boss decide he wants Aubameyang at Stamford Bridge next season, Dortmund will be willing to do business.
No bid, but...
This is according to German newspaper Bild, who run quotes from the BVB sporting director, Michael Zorc, that do not rule out a sale: “For us, nothing has arrived.”
Bild claim sources have suggested that Jürgen Klopp is ready to let the former Saint Etienne striker, who only joined the Westfalenstadion club last summer, leave. His lack of work rate and defensive contribution in the Dortmund manager’s high-energy system has not gone down well.
Chelsea’s interest in the man once nicknamed the ‘King of Bling’ is, according to the report, because Mourinho is set to make a major overhaul of his forward line. The Portuguese wants Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa and Aubameyang to replace Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba.
None of the three were able to lay a concrete claim to occupy the centre-forward position ahead of the others, despite numerous rotations. This lack of cutting edge has been cited as a reason by many for why the Blues failed to land a single trophy last season.
Eto’o’s contract at Stamford Bridge was reportedly only for a single season and he will be let go once it expires in the summer, while both Torres and Ba have been linked with transfers away this summer.
Given the reasons for Dortmund wanting to sell him, a move for Aubameyang would appear to be a questionable move for Mourinho. He is a demanding manager and deploys a similar high-energy, high pressing system with his team, which requires hard work for all players.
Right man for the job?
This issue was one of the reasons suggested for him agreeing to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United in a £37million deal in the January transfer window. The Spain international is not exceptionally quick nor is he very effective in the defensive parts of the game, so it was claimed that Mourinho was happy to cash in on him.
Aubameyang is obviously very talented and has searing pace, but it is difficult to see the Chelsea boss putting up with a player whose work rate is questionable.