Manchester City could go again for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang next year, after reported interest last summer and a later admission that the father of the Borussia Dortmund superstar did hold some talks with City bosses.
Ther 27-year-old, who has 20 goals in 22 appearances this season following his remarkable 39 goals in the last campaign, has been linked time and time again with a switch to the Etihad, with some even suggesting he could replace Sergio Agüero should the Argentine leave for any reason.
It seems more likely than ever that Aubameyang will leave the Westfalenstadion next summer after four goal-laden years, and according to BILD, City will be ‘hot’ on the player again next summer, but will not be the favourites for his signature.
That is because Real Madrid’s transfer ban has been successfully appealed and cut down, meaning the Spanish giants can spend next summer. And Aubameyang has made it clear in the past that he’d love to play for Los Blancos, having promised his late grandfather that he would.
BILD claims City and PSG will likely try to sign Aubameyang next summer, but Real Madrid have the advantage – and a potential bargaining tool. Borussia Dortmund wanted to sign Madrid striker Álvaro Morata last year, only for the Champions League holders to use their buy-back clause on the 24-year-old and decide to keep him.
However, in order to take Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Santiago Bernabéu, BILD believes Morata could go the other way, giving the Bundesliga side an ideal replacement.
So, as it stands, it is advantage to Real Madrid for Auba, though many City fans would argue that it is the defensive half of the pitch that needs most work next year, not the attacking roster – especially with 19-year-old Brazilian sensation, Gabriel Jesus, about to arrive and add to a wealth of attacking options already on show at the Etihad.