Chelsea are in advanced negotiations with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports from France Football.

The Gabon international – who has been dubbed as Africa’s answer to Brazilian superstar Neymar – only joined the Bundesliga giants last summer, but he has struggled to impose himself at the Westfalenstadion as the club lost out to Bayern Munich in the race for the title by some distance.

With Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos having already been secured to replace Robert Lewandowski, Aubameyang is also set to be ushered out of the door, with Chelsea keen.

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Reports suggest that Jose Mourinho’s side are talking with the 25-year-old, who may well be keen to make the switch.

Despite deals for Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas having been all but secured – the former is yet to make his move official – ‘The Special One’ still wants more attacking additions as he plots to boost his team’s chances of competing for European and domestic honours next season.

Aubameyang has been highly-rated for some time and has gained a reputation for his showy skills and flashy image – he wore a pair of £2,500 boots encrusted with crystals in a game against Lyon.

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