Back on June 7, Europe’s most respected transfer source, Gianluca Di Marzio, set Twitter on fire, as he so often does with big exclusives, by breaking news that Manchester City were closing in on a deal to sign Gabonese superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
What followed was days of some journalists agreeing with Di Marzio, adding their own spin, other journalists denying anything was happening, and City themselves denying any truth. City have a history of denying imminent deals – it happened with Kevin De Bruyne last year, for example – so even their briefings to members of the press couldn’t kill the hype completely.
It soon became clear, though, that City were not close to Aubameyang and links died down. One story from The Times did state that the Blues could revisit a deal for the 27-year-old if Borussia Dortmund lowered their prohibitive asking price, and added that BVB would also first have to find a striker to replace Aubameyang.
Earlier today came reports from Turkey that Germany striker, Mario Gómez, has agreed to join Dortmund after deciding not to remain at Beşiktaş following the turmoil in that country. Gomez and Ousmane Dembélé, the young sensation who made Marcos Rojo the laughing stock of social media this week after embarrassing him in BVB’s 4-1 win over United, would certainly provide goals galore were Aubameyang to leave.
Then came a report out of nowhere tonight from the Sunday Express that City are in advanced talks to sign Aubameyang and may have to match Dortmund’s £58 million asking price to see off rival interest from Atlético Madrid.
The Express and its Sunday version are not renowned for breaking many exclusive transfer stories, although it was the Sunday Express that recently brought the Gerónimo Rulli to City story back from the dead, and it’s now clear that the Argentine goalkeeper is joining.
Some of those journalists who declared Aubameyang to City a ‘no go’ last month also stated that City could revisit the deal later this summer, so it will be interesting to see if any other publications back this story up in the coming days.