Despite that, manager Xavi Hernandez was still keen to keep the striker, but the Catalan club’s need to raise money to invest in other areas, coupled with their depth in attack, forced them to consider offers.
Aubameyang was the victim of an armed assault by a gang at his home in Barcelona earlier this week in which he and his wife were handcuffed and tied up. Sources have told ESPN the striker will be out of action for around three weeks after he was left with a broken jaw following the incident.
He will return to London, where he spent four years playing for Arsenal, and will be reunited with coach Thomas Tuchel, who he previously played under at Borussia Dortmund. He will become part of a new-look attack at Stamford Bridge, which also features Raheem Sterling, following the summer departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
Aubameyang’s spell in Barcelona was brief but fruitful. He scored 13 goals for the Blaugrana in all competitions, including 11 in 17 league games as he helped them finish in second place and qualify for the Champions League last term.
The former Gabon international had signed for Barcelona on the final day of the transfer window in January on a free transfer after Arsenal agreed to rescind his contract. During his time with Arsenal, he scored 92 goals in 163 games, including three in seven outings against his new side Chelsea.
Prior to joining Arsenal, the striker had a successful five years at Dortmund, netting 98 goals in 144 appearances for the German club.