Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted the club would be reluctant to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but insist they aren’t dependant on him.
The 26-year-old has been in incredible form this season, netting 24 goals in 23 games in all competitions, and is rightly considered one of the best strikers in world football.
With Manchester United’s attack looking so impotent this season, Louis van Gaal will be on the lookout to try and strengthen it. Following Watzke’s comments about Aubameyang, expect there to be some increased speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford.
“One must never make the mistake to believe that a club like BVB is dependent on a player. We are not dependent on anyone,” Watzke said.
It’s a fair comment from Watzke and an ethos which Sir Alex Ferguson lived by – no player is bigger than the club – but it won’t help dampen speculation around Aubameyang.
In the January transfer window, Aubameyang is likely to be completely unattainable but heading into the summer transfer window, especially with the improved television money which is coming in next year, United are going to be a financial powerhouse in the market whilst staying well within FFP rules.
Due to that, there won’t be many players outside of our budgets and when you look at Aubameyang’s record, it’s hard to argue that he wouldn’t be a superb signing.