Chelsea make Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer decision after Olivier Giroud agrees deal

Chelsea will reportedly push ahead with their plans to bring in a new striker despite Olivier Giroud agreeing a contract extension. Frank Lampard has created a list of forward targets which includes Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Giroud has played a back-up role to Tammy Abraham this season and he was expected to move on when his contract expires in the summer.

However, the 33-year-old is set to pen a one-year extension at Stamford Bridge.

That has left many supporters wondering if the Blues will still dip into the market for more firepower.

And Football London claim Chelsea will still look at adding another striker to their ranks.

Giroud agreeing a new deal in west London gives the club the flexibility in the transfer market.

It is said that the Frenchman may not be part of the 2020/21 squad as he could still be sold or included in swap deals.

Michy Batshuayi is deemed surplus to requirements and is expected to move on which could leave Abraham as the only recognised striker.

Lampard will press ahead with his squad rebuilding project and he may make an approach for Aubameyang.

The Gabon international is entering the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract and the Gunners are expected to cash in.

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It is thought they will demand around £50million – which is not bad for a player who was the joint top goalscorer in the Premier League last campaign.

The 30-year-old is also just two goals behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in this year’s standings.

However, Aubameyang’s own father appears to have told him to sign an extension at the Emirates Stadium.

Pierre-Francois reposted a photo on Instagram of him sitting with his son at a table as he signed a contract to move to London.

He added the caption: “You know what you have to do bro @aubameyang97.”

Aubameyang has not held contract talks with the Gunners, though boss Mikel Arteta said in February that he “completely” trusts the club to handle the matter.

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