Arsenal transfer news: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang plotted shock move to Chelsea during January transfer window

Chelsea were sounded out about the opportunity to sign Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, it has been reported.

The Gabonese striker, according to the Daily Mail, was keen on a mid-season switch to Stamford Bridge.

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Aubameyang has been a revelation for the Gunners since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2018

It is claimed contact was then made on behalf of the 27-goal forward, who narrowly missed out on winning the Premier League Golden Boot this season.

However, Aubameyang’s staggering wage demands, which would have made him the highest paid player in Chelsea’s history, scuppered the chance of any deal happening.

Blues boss Frank Lampard, who will be looking to secure his first silverware as a manager when the two London rivals go head-to-head on Saturday in the FA Cup final, was on the look out for a striker at the time but has since landed £53million Timo Werner.

Arsenal could still lose the player this summer on the cheap as his current deal at the Emirates expires next summer.

Arteta is convinced the Gabon striker will sign a new deal at the Emirates

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Arteta is convinced the Gabon striker will sign a new deal at the Emirates

Barcelona and Inter Milan have been linked with the 31-year-old, although manager Mikel Arteta has maintained over the past few months that he is confident the striker will stay.

Ahead of Saturday’s showpiece, Arteta also said he doesn’t believe the FA Cup final will be Aubameyang’s final outing in an Arsenal shirt.

“No, I don’t have those thoughts,” said the Spaniard. “Don’t forget he still has a contract here with us. We want to keep him and do it more long-term.

“But at the moment he is with us and I think he should be really proud of where he is as well.”

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