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What Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong have done to stand out in the midst of Chelsea talks

What Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong have done to stand out in the midst of Chelsea talks

Barcelona duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong continued to impress in a friendly against Manchester City, both of whom have been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.

The pair played in a charity match against the Premier League champions, drawing 3-3 at the Camp Nou.

Aubameyang equalised for the Blaugrana with a sweetly struck volley that beat Stefan Ortega at his near post, taking the opportunity clinically.

In the second half, De Jong took advantage of a defensive blunder for City, scoring on a loose ball in the box.

It’s yet another impressive performance for the two stars, who are being tracked by the Blues with only one week left in the transfer window. 

Following that game, the question remains whether it was their final appearance in a Barcelona jersey.

The signing of Aubameyang may come as a surprise at first, given that he only moved to Catalonia in January and is a former Arsenal star and captain.

However, the Gabonese international has previously played for Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund.

With the German coach lacking natural center-forward options, a move appears to make sense. 

According to Fabrizio Romano, talks are ongoing as Barcelona needs to sell in order to sign new players, with a fee of £13 million-£25 million being discussed. A move for teammate De Jong, on the other hand, seems unlikely.

The Netherlands international is still linked with a move away, owing to registration issues and financial concerns about his wages.

While Manchester United agreed on a fee earlier in the transfer window, the midfielder maintained his position that he would not be leaving the club, which appears to have remained unchanged.

For the Blues, this means that, while he is unlikely to join, nothing is impossible in the final stages of a transfer window, and a move for Aubameyang is still possible as time runs out on the summer market.

What Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong have done to stand out in the midst of Chelsea talks

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