Chelsea reportedly risk missing out on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.
German news outlet Kicker claims Borussia Dortmund’s internal transfer window has slammed shut and are no longer interested in holding transfer talks with the Blues.
Chelsea are in the market for a new striker after Antonio Conte dumped Diego Costa by text.
And Aubameyang certainly fits the bill at Stamford Bridge after scoring 40 goals in all competitions last season.
However, it appears that Dortmund are ready to bring the Blues crashing down to earth by blocking any propsed talks.
The Germany famously conduct their transfer business early in the window and have their own internal timeframe to confirm ins and outs.
CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently told Chelsea they had just a matter of days to conclude a deal for Aubameyang.
But the Blues have missed the deadline and may now be forced to look elsewhere as the new season appears on the horizon.
Chelsea have already seen Romelu Lukaku slip through their hands after he left Everton for Manchester United.
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While Blues chiefs are reluctant to pay exorbitant prices for relative newcomers Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti.
That could leave Sergio Aguero as Chelsea’s new top target, with the Manchester City forward reportedly open to a Stamford Bridge switch.