Borussia Dortmund chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, claims that he’s willing to let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang go for €80m.
Aubameyang has been linked with both clubs in the recent past after quickly developing into one of the most sought after strikers in Europe. Last season, he scored 25 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances; this term, he’s already scored 16 in 15, which is mindblowing.
The Gabon international is contracted with Dortmund until 2020 and, understandably, the club aren’t willing to let him go without a fight. In fact, their chief executive says he’ll only listen to offers if they’re in the region of €80m.
“We can never guarantee that a player will stay with Borussia Dortmund forever, but our strength is to always find new solutions,” Watzke told Kicker TV.
“With an €80m offer, I would be thinking about Rauball and Zorc [Dortmund chiefs]. If we had an offer, we would have to get together with Pierre-Emerick.
“’We always have to differentiate between situations where there is such an offer, but we have no pressure… I would prefer it if no offer came.
“He (Aubameyang) is definitely good enough to go to an even bigger club.”
To be fair, the 27-year-old is entering his prime, bang in form and Dortmund’s star player. Of course they’re not letting him go for peanuts.
Would Arsenal be willing to pay that? I don’t think so. Nor do I think we’d even seriously ask. However, if we were to lose Alexis Sanchez, perhaps my stance on this would change slightly.