Chelsea & Newcastle in for unsettled Dortmund ace

Newcastle and Chelsea could go head-to-head this summer in the battle for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to reports from The Express.

The Gabon international only joined the Bundesliga giants last summer, yet it is understood that he’s been told that he is free to head off in the coming months after failing to become a consistent first-team player in his debut season at the Westfalenstadion.

Even though he frequently started games from the bench, Aubameyang still netted 13 goals in all competitions, yet he is likely to see his game time further limited next term with Ciro Immobile due to arrive from Torino.

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The 24-year-old – who has been dubbed the ‘African Neymar’ – is said to have a £6m release clause in his contract, which has alerted Newcastle and Chelsea.

The Magpies were linked with Aubameyang during his time at St Etienne, but were ultimately unable to lure him to St James’ Park.

However with his current situation and the club’s need for a striker, Alan Pardew may opt to move once again.

Chelsea are also said to be long-term suitors for the silky attacker, with Jose Mourinho set to let Demba Ba follow Samuel Eto’o out of Stamford Bridge.