Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tried and failed to engineer January Chelsea switch – Mail

A major claim surrounding Arsenal star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emerged in the English media over the last 24 hours.

Auba’s uncertain future

Speculation surrounding the future of Gabonese hitman Aubameyang has of course been rampant for some time now.

This comes with the 31-year-old’s contract in north London set to expire next summer.

Amid another superb campaign, during which he has racked up 27 goals across all competitions, Aubameyang has inevitably been added to the respective wishlists of a number of Europe’s top clubs.

To this point, the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Inter Milan have all been touted as potential summer landing spots for the former Borussia Dortmund man.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 11: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal with teammate Alexandre Lacazette during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal FC at Selhurst Park on January 11, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Failed Blues switch?

One of the more surprising sides to have been linked with a swoop for Arsenal’s talisman, though, have been Chelsea.

The Gunners’ London rivals are thought to have been keen on ‘Auba’ prior to their recent signing of Timo Werner, when Frank Lampard and co. were on the lookout for a proven top-class goalscorer ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.

And, if the latest word stemming from the media is to be believed, then interest in a deal, previously at least, was very much mutual.

As outlined above, according to the Daily Mail’s Mike Keegan, not only was Aubameyang eager to swap the Emirates for Stamford Bridge this past January, but the African himself in fact attempted to engineer a move:

‘Sportsmail understands that contact was made on behalf of the Arsenal striker.’

It is added that any potential transfer eventually fell apart due to Aubameyang’s hefty wage demands, with the prolific attacker having reportedly sought out a sum which would have made him ‘comfortably the highest-paid player in Chelsea’s history’.

Arsenal and Chelsea are of course set to go head to head in the finale of the FA Cup later today.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Liverpool FC 38 52 99
2 Manchester City FC 38 67 81
3 Manchester United FC 38 30 66
4 Chelsea FC 38 15 66
5 Leicester City FC 38 26 62
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 14 59
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 38 11 59
8 Arsenal FC 38 8 56
9 Sheffield United FC 38 0 54
10 Burnley FC 38 -7 54
11 Southampton FC 38 -9 52
12 Everton FC 38 -12 49
13 Newcastle United FC 38 -20 44
14 Crystal Palace FC 38 -19 43
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 38 -15 41
16 West Ham United FC 38 -13 39
17 Aston Villa FC 38 -26 35
18 AFC Bournemouth 38 -25 34
19 Watford FC 38 -28 34
20 Norwich City FC 38 -49 21
Player Team Goals
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 23
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 22
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 22
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 20
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 18
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 18
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 17
Martial, Anthony Manchester United FC 17
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 17
Aguero, Sergio Manchester City FC 16
Abraham, Tammy Chelsea FC 15
Jesus, Gabriel Manchester City FC 14
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 14
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City FC 13
Richarlison Everton FC 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 11
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City FC 11

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