EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang proceeded with a shock move for Chelsea’s FA Cup opponents in January … but the deal fell on his high-wage demands
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will lead Arsenal away against Chelsea in the FA Cup final
- Aubameyang has scored 27 goals this season and is Arsenal’s leading player
- Sportsmail could reveal a Gunners captain who tried to force a pass to Chelsea
- An agreement with Chelsea fell due to Aubameyang’s high wage demands
Chelsea came out on top for a wonderful move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January.
Sportsmail understands that the contact was made on behalf of the Arsenal striker – who is up against their rivals in London in Saturday’s FA Cup final – but that high wage demands saw what would have been shock shock.
The 31-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of next season, has been said to be keen on a move that would undoubtedly have pitted Gunners fans in the face.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is ready to lead Arsenal away against Chelsea in the FA Cup final
But insiders said the subsequent demand for a shocking salary – which would have made him the most comfortable highest-paid player in Chelsea’s history – brought an end to the prospect at the time.
Aubamayeng has signed for Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund for £ 56 million in 2018. Since his arrival, Mohamed Salah has only scored more Premier League goals than his 49th.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is currently looking for a striker, but the Gabonese international will have to lower his demands to make the prospect of a deal a reality.
The striker tried to force a shock move for Arsenal’s FA Cup final opponents in January
Aubameyang has scored 27 goals this season and Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be desperate to keep him, with the likes of Barcelona and AC Milan turning around.
Fans fear that Wembley could see his final outing for the Gunners, though much depends on the outcome.
If Arsenal defeat their rivals, they qualify for the Europa League and the increased revenue it brings will increase the likelihood that they will be able to tie the striker.
Mikel Arteta will be desperate for Aubameyang to sign Arsenal for FA Cup glory at Wembley