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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Barcelona return could be BLOCKED

Out-of-form Chelsea forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, could return to his former club Barcelona this January but ONE SIMPLE RULE could BLOCK the transfer.

The Gabonese star left current Premier League leaders Arsenal back in February last year to sign for Catalan giants FC Barcelona.

The deal also included a buyout clause of £83.4m, Aubameyang got off to a great start in La Liga but his tenure was to be short-lived.

In fact, in September 2022, Aubameyang made his move back to the Premier League but this time to join Arsenal’s fierce rivals, Chelsea.

His time at the West London club has been nothing short of disappointing, only managing to bag himself 1 goal in 10 Premier League appearances.

The Chelsea striker has not managed to find his old form (Credit: Marc Atkins / Getty )

But there could be a potential lifeline for the out-of-favour striker, a move back to his former club FC Barcelona…

FIFA rules say Aubameyang can only play for Chelsea or Barcelona this season.

Unfortunately, there could be many complications with the transfer due to the ‘Dani Ceballos rule’.

Four years ago Dani Ceballos tried to move back to Real Betis on loan from Real Madrid in January, having only swapped Betis for the Bernabeu a few months before.

You may be wondering what the ‘Dani Ceballos rule’ entails. Well, article 126.5 of the Spanish FA’s rulebook says players who have had their licence cancelled can’t get a new one from the same club in the same season.

Spanish outlet AS say Aubameyang is desperate to return to Barcelona no matter the cost.

Should Aubameyang be allowed to move back to the Nou Camp, will he return? Let us know!