How Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia played a key role in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer deal

first_imgMichy Batshuayi enjoyed a productive loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, temporarily replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in a club-record £56million deal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s club-record £56million move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal would never have happened without the co-operation of Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia, according to Dick Law.Concerned at the prospect of missing out on Champions League qualification, Arsenal smashed their transfer record for the second time in the space of seven months having already paid Lyon £52m to acquire the services of Alexandre Lacazette.Arsenal’s former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat played a key role, using his Dortmund contacts, in convincing Aubameyang to join the Gunners but it was Law who ensured a complex three-way deal which also involved Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi got over the line.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The Aubameyang deal was crazy because Giroud wanted out,’ Law told Goal.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jul 2019 9:34 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Olivier Giroud scored for Chelsea against his old club Arsenal in last season’s Europa League final (Picture: Getty)‘Chelsea were loaning Michy Batshuayi to Dortmund and Aubameyang was coming to us. It was the three-way deal.‘Dortmund said if we don’t get the player from Chelsea, then Aubameyang doesn’t leave and, of course, if we didn’t get Aubameyang, we weren’t going to let Giroud go.‘In football, we don’t end up talking to our counterparts on a personal basis very much, but we were at such loggerheads during that three-way move that I called Marina [Granovskaia] and said everything was going to live or die on the three of us trusting each other.I’ve got so much respect for Marina, she’s always been a straight shooter. And she said if we get Giroud, we will loan our player to Dortmund and then you guys can sort yourselves out with them. And that’s what happened.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Comment How Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia played a key role in Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer deallast_img

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