Manchester City’s reported pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in danger of becoming a saga, much like City’s efforts to prise Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg last summer.
After initial reports that a deal was close, both City and Borussia Dortmund have since denied anything is happening. However, many reliable journalists continue to insist that City are trying to sign the Gabonese forward.
Borussia Dortmund, probably fed up of having their best players taken from them one by one, are not going to let 39-goal Aubameyang go easily though.
According to BILD today, even a €70 million (£55 million) offer won’t tempt them into selling their star man.
Mats Hummels has switched to Bayern Munich, Ilkay Gündogan has joined Manchester City, and contract rebel Henrikh Mkhitaryan could join Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea according to latest reports. For Aubameyang to also go would mean serious damage has been done to Thomas Tuchel’s project at BVB.
Let’s not forget though, Kevin De Bruyne wasn’t for sale. Neither was Jesús Navas. And of course, Liverpool ruled out any prospect of Raheem Sterling moving to the Etihad. Dortmund’s refusal to sell may be genuine, or they may want a fee so huge it will further allow them to rebuild a plundered team.