Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may be given the chance to don the “cursed” Chelsea Number nine shirt at Stamford Bridge.
After Fernando Torres, Alvaro Morata, and Gonzalo Higuain all failed in the shirt, Romelu Lukaku became the latest high-profile failure, and Thomas Tuchel admitted that none of his forwards wanted the recognizable number on their backs.
Aubameyang, a former striker for Arsenal, is desired by Barcelona, but Tuchel believes that this is not because Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz, or anyone else wanted him.
It’s cursed, it’s cursed, they tell me it’s cursed, Blues manager Tuchel remarked. It is not true that we leave it available for some players in the pipeline who naturally take it when they enter for tactical reasons.
“Number nine was not in particularly high demand, even though players occasionally want to switch numbers. Surprisingly, though, no one wants to handle it.
“Everyone in the club who is taller than me keeps telling me, ‘Ah, you know, like he had the nine and he did not score and he had the nine and did also not score,'” the speaker said. Therefore, no one wants to touch the number nine at this time.
Aubameyang is a player who Chelsea may be interested in signing. Tuchel previously worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund, and Barcelona has offered Aubameyang to clubs as a way to cut costs.
Just six months after leaving Arsenal, Aubameyang is rumored to be interested in making a comeback to English football. The striker scored 79 goals for Dortmund under Tuchel. I would be interested in the 79 goals, Tuchel continued.
“However, we won’t say anything more. There are many names out there, sometimes because we talk names a lot, but other times just out of pure guesswork. We won’t participate.