Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has completed a move to Marseille on a 2-year deal
Chelsea Football Club has confirmed the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Marseille. The Gabon international, who joined Chelsea less than a year ago from Barcelona, leaves Stamford Bridge after an underwhelming spell with the London club.
Aubameyang arrived with high hopes of bolstering Chelsea’s attacking options, but his time at the club was marred by managerial changes and inconsistent performances. He scored just one goal in 15 Premier League appearances and added two more goals and one assist in six Champions League outings.
The 34-year-old striker’s move to Marseille comes as a free transfer, with Chelsea owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital opting to offload his wages to improve the club’s financial position with regards to FFP regulations. The departure of Aubameyang is part of Chelsea’s ongoing efforts to reduce their squad and create room for potential new signings.
Marseille, on the other hand, have secured the services of a familiar face, as Aubameyang returns to French football after previous spells with Dijon, Lille, Monaco, and Saint-Etienne. The move reunites the striker with new head coach Marcelino Garcia Toral, who has already made three signings this summer, including Aubameyang.
Chelsea issued a statement thanking Aubameyang for his services and wishing him success in his new chapter with Marseille. The departure of Aubameyang marks the fourteenth player to leave Chelsea this summer, as the club undergoes a period of squad restructuring ahead of the new season.