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Chelsea board refused Frank Lampard’s request to sign Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang


Frank Lampard wanted Chelsea to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal (AFP via Getty)

Chelsea’s hierarchy turned down Frank Lampard’s request to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal, according to reports.

Lampard was sacked by Chelsea on Monday having spent 18 months in charge at Stamford Bridge.

After an encouraging start to the season, Chelsea’s form hit a slump over the winter period and Lampard leaves with the team having lost five out of their last eight Premier League games.

Lampard had also been at odds with Chelsea’s board over potential transfers, and it’s understood that the 42-year-old’s insistence on signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, who was released by Chelsea at the age of 14, had annoyed members of the hierarchy.

But according to The Athletic, Lampard was also keen on bringing Aubameyang to Stamford Bridge a year ago.

The report claims that Lampard was hoping to capitalise on Aubameyang’s contract standoff with Arsenal as the striker had not signed a new deal with the Gunners at that point.

Frank Lampard wanted to capitalise on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract standoff with Arsenal (AMA/Getty)

However, Chelsea’s hierarchy had already targeted Timo Werner, who ended up making the move to Stamford Bridge in a £47.5 million deal last June.

It’s also claimed that Lampard was keen on signing Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, but that was another move which was not given the green light by Chelsea’s board.

The Atheltic’s report also claims that Ben Chilwell was the only signing targeted by Lampard, according to an insider at Chelsea.

Chelsea are now set to officially announce Thomas Tuchel’s appointment on Tuesday and the German is expected to be in the dugout for the clash against Wolves on Wednesday.

Tuchel has been out of work for only a few months after he was sacked by Paris-Saint-Germain in December.

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