There are rumours linking Arsenal with a huge move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It’s hardly a surprise – the Gabonese has scored an incredible 27 goals in as many appearances so far this season, including 18 in 17 Bundesliga matches. Those goals are the inspiration for rumours spread by the likes of the Sun, who claim to have a source saying contact has been made between the two clubs and Arsenal would pay around £42m for him.
The only issue is, there’s no truth in it. Back in July, having already started his superb goalscoring form at the end of last season, the German club tied Aubameyang down until 2020. Known for the sales of Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa, Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski (free transfer) in recent seasons, Dortmund have developed something of a reputation for losing star players.
However, they’re not quite a selling club. They’ve managed to keep Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gündogan despite interest from almost every club in the world. The players who left either had a release clause activated (Sahin, Götze) or a very limited time left on their contract, if any at all (Sahin, Lewandowski).
The Sun also claim that Aubameyang desperately wants to play in England. Let’s have a look at what the player himself said back in October:
“One day I’m going to play in a different league.
“I have the dream of playing in Spain after my current contract.
“My mother is Spanish and I really have the dream to play there. Then, one day, perhaps the Premier League comes into question.”
Nothing about England now, and a clear desire to play in Spain but only after his current contract at Dortmund. So we have a club who don’t need money and aren’t looking to sell a star player who doesn’t want to leave, and, even if he did want to leave, his first thought wouldn’t be about the Premier League.
Arsenal will not be signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this January, just as Liverpool won’t be signing anyone that Dortmund want to keep. Their fans seem to be under the impression that Jürgen Klopp could attract his former players to Merseyside, ignoring the wishes of the players, the form of Dortmund and the contracts they have in Germany.
It seems that the only established player who may leave the German giants this winter is Neven Subotić, who has only been deemed important enough to play two Bundesliga matches since the start of the season.
So, onto the next target.