Olympique Marseille have reached a full agreement with Chelsea to sign striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a free transfer this summer, as per Fabrizio Romano.
Chelsea have tried to sell a number of players this summer as new manager Mauricio Pochettino begins his tenure as boss. French giants Olympique Marseille made their interest in veteran striker Aubameyang known last week and reached an agreement with the Gabon international on personal terms.
The Blues had slapped a £5m price tag on Aubameyang but decided to remove the price tag after negotiations with the French club, and the 34-year-old is set to complete a free transfer.
Aubameyang will proceed to undergo his medicals before he is announced as a new player for the French club in the coming days. He has agreed to a three-year contract with the club.
Chelsea set to further reduce wage bill with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sale
Aubameyang joined Chelsea last summer following a fruitful spell at FC Barcelona but struggled to make an impact at the club as he was not trusted enough to lead the line by Graham Potter and Frank Lampard despite his pedigree as a striker.
The former Arsenal star was one of the club’s top earners on around £160,000 weekly, and as Pochettino made it clear that the striker is not in his plans for next season, the Blues were keen to take him off the wage bill. He refused to move to Saudi, and clubs in Europe did not want to pay a transfer fee in addition to his wages, so Chelsea found a compromise, letting him go for free.
Chelsea have raised over £200m from selling the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and several others this summer. They still intend to sell Romelu Lukaku and Hakim Ziyech, and have done excellent outgoing business this summer.