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Barca make Aubameyang top striker target | Firmino also on shortlist

Barcelona have made Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their top No 9 target this summer on a striker  list that also includes Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino.

The LaLiga leaders want to re-sign Aubameyang, who made a lasting impression on the Barca dressing room during his spell at the club last year, as competition for Robert Lewandowski.

Manager Xavi is understood to see the Gabon striker as a slightly different option to the Poland captain, but the financial aspect of re-signing him from Chelsea will not be straightforward - and Firmino will be a free agent when his Liverpool contract expires on July 1.

Aubameyang is understood to have remained a consummate professional at Stamford Bridge having been told he would not be part of previous boss Graham Potter’s plans, and being omitted from their squad for the Champions League knockout stages.

The 33-year-old's attitude is said to have remained first class and he has trained well with the intention of still trying to win a place in the team, having come off the bench in the games against Tottenham and Wolves this year.

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