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Man Utd struggle with Chelsea in transfer race between Pierre and Emerick Aubameyang while Erik ten Hag desperate for ex-Arsenal striker

MANCHESTER UNITED battle Chelsea for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Desperate for offensive reinforcements, the Red Devils have now turned to the former Arsenal captain.

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United were considering a move for Aubemeyang when he left Emirates Stadium under a cloud in January.

And uncertainty about Cristiano Ronaldo’s future is forcing her to consider all possible options – leading to the embarrassing saga surrounding former Stoke star Marko Arnautovic.

Barcelona would be open to selling Aubameyang as part of their own efforts to overhaul their squad.

The Spanish giants pulled off some financial gymnastics that allowed them to register four of their summer signings – Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen – in time for their opening La Liga game against Rayo Vallecano.

But former Chelsea and Manchester City target Jules Kounde is still unable to play, as can Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto despite signing new deals at the Camp Nou.

When Aubameyang joined Barcelona it was reported that he would earn around £2.1million in the first five months of his contract.

But his salary should increase significantly from this season, which would explain why the club are willing to let him go.

United face a tough challenge convincing Aubameyang to choose them over Chelsea.

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The 33-year-old frontman worked with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund and would rather move to a club that can offer Champions League football if forced out of Barcelona.

United also take on Chelsea in a bid to sign another Barca star, Frenkie De Jong.

The Dutchman is understood to prefer a move to Stamford Bridge over a reunion with former Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag.

The summer-long saga with De Jong has prompted United to look at other destinations.

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Director of Football John Murtough has just returned from Turin, where he held talks with the player’s mother, who is also his agent, about the signing of France midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Rabiot would be a much cheaper option than De Jong, with Juventus willing to sell for around £15m.

But the failure of Ten Hag’s top target, De Jong, would be a huge blow and United’s pursuit of Aubameyang could also end in disappointment.

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