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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, during his time at Arsenal. Photo: Zac Goodwin/PA

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, during his time at Arsenal. Photo: Zac Goodwin/PA

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, during his time at Arsenal. Photo: Zac Goodwin/PA

Barcelona are expecting an official bid from Chelsea for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following talks between the clubs.

And Everton are waiting to see if the London club test their resolve on Anthony Gordon. It is understood that Barcelona want £21m (€24.9m) for Aubameyang with talks expected to intensify this week after Chelsea’s need for a goalscorer was again highlighted in the London derby draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

It remains to be seen whether or not Chelsea are willing to meet Barcelona’s valuation given the Spanish club signed Aubameyang on a free transfer from Arsenal in the January window. Following a public holiday in Spain yesterday, Barcelona expect to receive clarity from Chelsea on Aubameyang by the end of the week.

Barcelona are happy with Aubameyang and the player is settled in Spain, but the club could be forced to cash in on him to relieve financial pressures and allow them to register new players.

Chelsea have expressed an interest in Everton midfielder Gordon and held informal talks around making a bid in the region of £40m (€47.4m). But Everton value Gordon at more than £50m.

Chelsea rate Gordon and believe there could be an opportunity to steal a march on clubs who could make a move for him in future, but may regard a fee in excess of £50m as being too pricey for the 21-year-old.

Chelsea will hold more talks with Leicester over defender Wesley Fofana, but it remains to be seen whether Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who was excellent in the draw with Spurs, has done enough to convince Tuchel that he does not need another right-back. Chelsea hope to add 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei from Inter Milan to their list of signings. West Ham have opened talks with Chelsea over a £13m (€15.4m) move for Emerson Palmieri. 

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