Chelsea have selected Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as their Plan B if they fail to land Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, reports the Daily Mail.
Aubameyang was thought to be joining Paris Saint-Germain this summer, but the Ligue 1 giants pulled out of a move.
This now leaves the door open to other potential suitors, and Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that the club will listen to offers.
He told Bild:
“We will listen to it when a club is willing to show its appreciation for Aubameyang in a financial way as well. If an official bid were to reach more than £63million, it would have to be reported as a necessary to proceed. This has not happened so far.”
Aubameyang has been the German club’s goal machine for some time, and he impressed once again last season by scoring 31 goals in 32 games.
Numerous clubs have been linked to the Gabon international, including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal.
The Daily Mail claims that Chelsea will consider a swoop for the 28-year-old if they are unable to secure a deal for Lukaku.
Both players perform well when they have decent service, and due to their prolificness they can be relied upon to get vital goals.
Aubameyang scored more goals than Lukaku, who netted 25 in the Premier League, and with the quality that Chelsea already have in the squad, one can envisage the forward slotting in well.
There is some caution that should be taken given that he has never played in England, and could take time to adapt to the league.
Chelsea will want to hit the ground running when the season begins in August, particularly as they are likely to be without Diego Costa, so his replacement needs to make an instant impact.
The Blues have comfort in knowing that Lukaku is more than familiar with English football and he has also played for the club before.
In addition, The Telegraph reported in April that the Belgian is very keen to return to Chelsea, unlike Aubameyang, whose first choice appears to have been PSG.