If the quota of the now reunited duo alone is an indication of a successful cooperation in the coming months, the fans of Chelsea FC can look forward to a great season. On the night of Friday, the London football club bagged the transfer of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the 33-year-old FC Barcelona professional is returning to the island for a fee of twelve million euros: And the most exciting thing about it is: he scores on a patron of earlier days.
Finally, under coach Thomas Tuchel, the technically strong and fast attacker experienced his best time at Borussia Dortmund. In the years together between 2015 and 2017, Aubameyang scored 79 times in 95 competitive games and contributed 17 assists. As he is likely to be up front with the Blues in the future, he can be expected to do similar heroic deeds this season.
However, the fans still have to be patient before they can greet their darling on the pitch: Aubameyang comes to England injured, he and his family were attacked in Spain, the footballer was injured in the jaw. “Sunday night some violent cowards broke into our home and threatened my family, my children – just to steal something,” the goalscorer wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “You injured my jaw, but I will recover in no time.” His family was not physically injured.
According to media reports, at least four hooded people entered the professional’s house in Castelldefels near Barcelona through the garden early Monday morning. Aubameyang, his wife Alysha and several guests were surprised around 1 a.m. and threatened with guns and iron bars, among other things. When asked, the Catalan police only confirmed an armed robbery in Castelldefels, but did not provide any information on the identity of the victims. The media reports were not denied. According to these, jewelry and other valuables with a total value of around 700,000 euros were stolen.
How long it will take to recover from the shock and jaw injury is unclear. What is certain, however, is that the striker returns to the English metropolis with plenty of self-confidence, where he worked for Arsenal between 2018 and January 2022. “I am really happy. It’s an honor to be part of this team and I can’t wait to get started,” said the ex-Dortmunder in a statement on the club’s website. “I have some unfinished business with the Premier League so it’s good to be back.”
Chelsea became the top-spending club in the Premier League with the striker’s 12 million transfer fee on the final day of the summer transfer window. The club has invested 279 million euros in new football staff in the past few weeks, and no club in the world has spent more money.
Quite an astonishing volte. Because the club was still owned by the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich in the spring and was therefore suddenly subject to severe sanctions and a strict spending freeze after the start of the war between Russia and Ukraine, the former Champions League winner was not doing well. Only after the owner withdrew and the club was sold for 2.9 billion euros to an investor consortium led by US billionaire Todd Boehly was Chelsea able to act again from mid-May – and should now have a say in the matter again distribution of titles.