Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang has been linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion this summer, with the host of clubs interested in his services.
But reports have alleged the Gabon international has been offered a lucrative sum from a club in the Chinese Super League which could see him snubbing the European sides for a move to the Far East.
The race for Aubameyang’s signature
According to German publication Bild, Dortmund have been offered £71m by Tianjin Quanjian, with Aubameyang offered £500k-per-week in wages. The 28-year-old is one of the most sought-after strikers in the continent after scoring 31 goals in 32 Bundesliga games and seven goals in nine Champions League outings last season. Since bursting onto the scene with French Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Etienne in 2012/12, he’s scored 120 goals in 183 league starts for them and Dortmund and has every top European side keeping tabs.
In addition to interest from the Chinese Super League, Liverpool, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have been closely linked with Aubameyang this summer. Dortmund’s asking price for the striker was believed to be around £60m but the club want to keep him if possible to help them challenge in all fronts next season. BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watze said in April that only Real Madrid or Barcelona would turn the player’s head but still had confidence of keeping the striker for next season. The financial benefits may factor in his next decision, however.
Aubameyang putting financial aspirations over career goals
For the last two years, Aubameyang has enjoyed a real rise to prominence, currently finding himself as one of the best strikers in world football, but the Gabon centre-forward has little to show for his efforts. The 2012/13 Coupe de la Ligue, 2013 and 2014 DFL-Supercup and 2016/17 DFB-Pokal is all Aubameyang has won in his career at the age of 28. He’s picked up a number of player accolades but may not be driven by career goals as much as having financial aspirations.
No European side will be willing to match Tianjin Quanjian’s reported offer of £500k-per-week, and with question marks over the longevity of the big spending policy in the Chinese Super League Aubameyang might not have this offer come his way again. He’s hardly won anything of note in his career and may feel this latest approach from the Far East is too good to turn down. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 8/15 to move to any Chinese Super League side this summer, ahead of Liverpool, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain.
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