EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal urchin Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plotted his friend’s move to Chelsea’s last FA Cup rivals in January … but the deal fell through over his high-wage demands
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead Arsenal out of Chelsea in the FA Cup final
- Aubameyang has scored 27 goals this season, and is Arsenal’s key player
- Sportsmail may reveal that the Gunners captain tried to force a transfer to Chelsea
- A deal with Chelsea was broken due to Aubameyang’s high salary demands
Chelsea were heard for a stunning move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
Sportsmail understands that the contact was made on behalf of the Arsenal striker – who is set to line up against their rivals in London in Saturday’s FA Cup final – but that high-paying demands revealed what would have been a disruptive friend.
The 31-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of next season, was said to be prone to an action that will no doubt have angered Gunners supporters.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is preparing to lead Arsenal out of Chelsea in the FA Cup final
But insiders said a subsequent request for a stunning salary – which would make him the highest paid player in Chelsea history – put an end to the prospect at the time.
Aubamayeng signed for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for 56 million yen in 2018. Since his arrival, only Mohamed Salah has scored more goals in the Premier League than his 49.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is currently looking for a striker, but Gabon international will have to lower his demands to make the prospect of a deal a reality.
The striker tried to force a shock move on Arsenal’s last FA Cup opponents in January
Aubameyang has scored 27 goals this season and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be desperate to keep him up, with Barcelona and AC Milan favorites circulating.
Fans fear Wembley could see his latest victory for the Gunners, though much will depend on the outcome.
If Arsenal beat their rivals, they will qualify for the Europa League and the revenue increase they will bring will increase the chance that they will be able to tie the striker.
Mikel Arteta will be desperate for Aubameyang to ignite Arsenal towards FA Cup glory at Wembley