By Noel Whelan

5th Aug, 2022 | 1:09pm

Chelsea could 'throw money' at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after latest - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be a “risk” for Chelsea as they look for a new striker.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 33-year-old could be susceptible to injury as he enters the back end of his career.

According to Telegraph journalist Matt Law (4 August), Chelsea are interested in bringing Aubameyang back to the Premier League this summer – with the striker interested in a potential move.

The Daily Mirror updated later that day, claiming Barcelona are willing to let the Gabon international leave the Nou Camp after the capture of Robert Lewandowski.

Aubameyang scored 20 goals in 38 games for Barcelona and Arsenal last season despite being frozen out after mid-season disciplinary issues at the Emirates Stadium.

He joined the Catalan giants in January and is under contract until June 2025.

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Whelan suggested Chelsea would only be getting “one or two good years” out of Aubameyang.

He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “It’s a stopgap, it’s a plug.

“You could probably get one or two years out of him. So, depending on the price, it could be a good bit of business.

“Barca need the money, and Chelsea are throwing it around left, right, and centre.

“It’s a risk, a short-term solution. All it takes is one injury, and you’re back to square one. He’s not 23 anymore – he’s 33, so you’re prone to more injuries.

“The Premier League is much more demanding than La Liga now – so it could end up being a mistake.”

Aubameyang has scored 68 goals across 128 total games in the Premier League.

He also notched 79 strikes in 95 outings under current Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund.

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