St Etienne striker Aubameyang reveals United contact over possible transfer

by Tom Parker

St Etienne striker Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has today revealed that both Manchester United and Manchester City have contacted him about a potential summer move away from the mid table French side.

The Gabon international came through the ranks at A.C Milan before taking in loan spells at Dijon, Lille and Monaco before finally joining Saint-Etienne in January 2011 on an initial loan deal.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fine start to the current Ligue 1 season, scoring eight times in 19 appearances for the ten time French champions.

His current side lie in mid-table, mainly due to the efforts of the influential striker, leading to interest from a number of clubs.

And while Aubameyang has insisted he won’t be leaving in the current window, he left the door open for a summer switch.

Speaking to French magazine VertFoot, Aubameyang said; “I want to leave with everyone happy.

“I will not leave in this January window. There is contact with the two Manchester clubs and also clubs in Italy, especially Fiorentina and another big Italian club.”

This comes amid reported interest from Newcastle United. However, all appears to have gone quiet on that front.

Quite how the pacy forward would fit in at United is unknown with United particularly well stocked in attack. Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck have all been vying for the two striker spots this season.

As with all the transfer stories at this time of the year, they should all be taken with a pinch of salt. However, Sir Alex Ferguson was reported to be considering splashing out on Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski in the summer; meaning that a move for an attacker is not out of the question.

French-born Aubameyang, who caused a stir when warming up for a recent match against Lyon by wearing £2500 Swarovski crystal encrusted boots, appears destined to stay with Saint-Etienne for this window at least.

However, it seems highly likely that the Gabon international will move this summer. At 23, his best years are ahead of him and he will no doubt improve, meaning he could be an excellent purchase for whoever signs him in the near future.

Whether he will end up at United is questionable, considering the wealth of attacking options United have at their disposal and it would perhaps seem foolish to spend money on a position we are already strong in, when other areas are crying out for investment…midfield for example?

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