As our search for a good striker continues following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United by Everton, despite Chelsea’s late bid, reports have continued to link us with a couple of top forwards from around the globe, including Andrea Belotti, Alvaro Morata and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
According to widespread claims, Dortmund have offered Chelsea their star man, Aubameyang for £70 million, and Chelsea seem interested in taking up the offer. Of course, they’re right to consider him, after all, he’s Aubameyang; a player that scores for fun, any club would have their head turned by the prospect of getting him in their team.
I like Aubameyang personally, but I don’t know if he’s the right deal for Chelsea compared to the other players we could go for. The Gabon international is 28, which is good for a striker, as the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have continued to fire at 30, but when you consider the price tag, the age doesn’t quite look good.
I think that if you’re going to pay that much for a player, it should be someone younger, who you can resell for a reasonable price in future. At 28, Auba is slowly nearing the end of his career. If he signs for Chelsea, he’ll probably be with us for 3 or 4 years, at most, meaning that he’ll be over 30 by then. I don’t imagine that many clubs willing to pay anything near £50 million for a player that age, unless he’s Ronaldo or Messi.
I am not trying to take anything away from Auba’s talent, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be the same man in 4 years. However, football is all about results. It doesn’t matter what sacrifices you have to make on the way to achieving success. Auba seems in his prime, and will no doubt, definitely get us the goals we need to win trophies. If Roman Abrahmovich can stomach the potential poor resale value that comes with the man, then we should definitely go for him. The league is getting tougher, and only the ones who toughen up will survive. The new season kicks off in some weeks, meaning we must get it all together real soon.