Barcelona are said to be pleased with Chelsea’s latest action in their bid to sign striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the Catalan side.
The Blues have submitted a new €20 million (£16.9m) offer for Aubameyang, according to Sport and the Catalans are encouraged by this move.
Thomas Tuchel wants an outright striker and a recognised goalscorer at Stamford Bridge before the transfer window closes in a few days time.
Aubameyang, who left Arsenal in January, is Tuchel’s top target, having already worked with him at Borussia Dortmund.
Barcelona are asking for a fee around close to €30m (£25.3m) for the 33-year-old, who they got for free from Arsenal
Chelsea’s first offer of €15m (£12.6m) was turned down by Barcelona last week.
But Sport reports that Chelsea have returned with an improved bid of €20m (£16.9m) and have removed add-ons from the deal.
The report claims that Barcelona are encouraged by Chelsea’s latest offer, but are still looking for a figure closer to €30m (£25.3m).
However, a €20m (£16.9m) fee from Chelsea for Aubameyang would be enough to finally allow Barcelona to register €55m (£46.4m) summer signing, Jules Kounde.