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Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang legally can’t sign for Barcelona this month – here’s why

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Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is apparently “depressed” with his situation in west London… but he’ll have to wait until the end of the season if he wants to leave. 

The former Arsenal star arrived late in the transfer window as one of Thomas Tuchel’s last signings, joining from Barcelona. That was just only seven months after he moved to Catalonia on a free transfer – and already, he’s reportedly looking to go back. 

Spanish outlet AS (opens in new tab) says that Auba is desperate to return to Camp Nou “at any cost”. Unfortunately, that’s not possible at least until the summer.  Mundo Deportivo  (opens in new tab)

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during his only league appearance for Barcelona this season, at home to Rayo Valladolid (Image credit: PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Mundo Deportivo (opens in new tab) in Spain have confirmed that it’s “strictly prohibited” for players to be registered three times a single season, meaning that Barça couldn’t bring back the 33-year-old even if they wanted to. 



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