Arsenal captain could have ended up at Chelsea couple of months ago

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang allegedly attempted to force through a transfer to Chelsea in January – but a transfer failed due to his excessive wage demands.

Aubameyang will face off against the Blues on Saturday when Arsenal take on Frank Lampard’s side in the FA Cup final.

But the striker was keen to swap his red jersey for a blue one. According to a report by the Daily Mail, contact was made on behalf of the Gabonese star as he was keen on a move to across London.

But Pierre-Emerick’s high wage demands meant that a move did not get off the ground. It’s claimed he’d have been comfortably the highest-paid player in the Blues’ history, if they had bowed to his demands.

His contract expires at the end of next campaign – and his future at the club is far from certain. Should Mikel Arteta’s men fail to win Saturday’s final, Arsenal won’t be involved in European football next term.

And failure to land the trophy could see Aubameyang – who has netted 27 goals this season – depart.

Despite already landing the Germany international Timo Werner, Lampard is keen on signing a striker but Pierre-Emerick would have to lower his wage demands for a move to come to fruition.

Serie A giants AC Milan and La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are both interested in the 31-year-old as well and will no doubt be watching FA Cup final closely to see if Arsenal secure Europa League qualification.