Arsenal’s projected move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been well documented, and it looks like it could be tied up soon. But, Arsenal are famous for dragging their feet in the transfer market, penny pinching and lacking the ruthlessness to complete a transfer. Chelsea on the other hand are super-efficient, and at this time, desperate for a striker. So, could Chelsea hijack Arsenal’s big money move?
Over the last week, Chelsea have been linked to Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch, with a quick fix apparently a priority. Over the last 18 months, it has become clear that Antonio Conte doesn’t fancy Michy Batshuayi, and wants an experienced front man to offer an alternative option to Alvaro Morata, who has struggled to adapt to the demands of the hard English winter.
Both Carroll and Crouch are proven Premier League strikers, but both are some way off the level required to play for Chelsea. This has rightly angered many fans, who have called it a lack of ambition. So, why are Chelsea not making a move for Auba, and could they hijack this move? It makes sense after all – he’s tall, powerful, good in the air and processes the blinding pace that they currently lack.
Having spent circa £100m on strikers in the last 18 months, it’s likely that Roman Abramovich feels his manager should be getting more out of his front men. It’s also likely that he wants a player with a re-sale value, rather than someone who will start to decline in a few years. But, Abramovich is a winner, and if Conte can convince him of his value in Champions League winning terms, he may be persuaded to sanction this move – after all, he is a massive upgrade on Morata.
An eleventh hour bid wouldn’t be out of the question for Chelsea, and it wouldn’t be the first time Arsenal have suffered at their hands. In the summer of 2011, Arsenal thought they had a move for Juan Mata all but done, when Chelsea swooped in with a higher bid, bigger wages and the promise of trophies, and sealed the deal.
With Chelsea’s financial muscle, Arsenal would struggle to compete in a bidding war, and it’s likely they would drop out. It’s also likely that Auba would prefer a move to Chelsea, who will guarantee Champions League football, and a title challenge next season. This move makes sense all round, and it’s surprising Chelsea haven’t made a move, but don’t rule it out, it’s likely the club are keeping a close eye on events in Dortmund.