Premier League club, Chelsea, remains interested in signing Barcelona duo, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong but faces two major obstacles in their transfer pursuits, according to The Daily Mail.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for Aubameyang and De Jong this summer.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have been at odds with Barcelona throughout the summer transfer window after missing out on both Raphinha and Jules Kounde at the hands of the Catalan club.
Barcelona were keen on signing Chelsea club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, but the defender ended speculation over his future after signing a new contract to keep him at the west London club until 2024.
Also, Marcos Alonso has been linked with a move to Barcelona as Aubameyang and De Jong have been the subject of interest to Chelsea.
However, Barcelona must solve two key issues before Chelsea can complete a deal for either Aubameyang or De Jong, with the former currently disputing a wage issue whilst the latter’s valuation is deemed too high for the Premier League club to match.
With just a week left of the summer transfer window, De Jong and Aubameyang’s departures would be rushed, leaving Chelsea little time to complete deals for alternative targets should they fail to secure a double swoop for both players.
De Jong continues to wait for a compromise over wages, with the Dutch star already being owed £17million in amortisations and back payments by Barca.
De Jong’s future is unlikely to be resolved until that matter is worked out, while Chelsea are waiting for the La Liga giants to lower their valuation of Aubameyang in order to sign the Gabonese attacker.