Manchester United ready to join the race for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are ready to rival Paris Saint Germain in the race for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer, according to reports.

The 27-year-old secured the Bundesliga ‘kicker Torjägerkanone’ following a sensational 2016/17 campaign that saw him score 31 goals in 32 games.

Reports from France have claimed that a deal worth £61m has been agreed between the two clubs for Aubameyang’s services but are yet to agree personal terms with the striker.

And according to the Mirror, Jose Mourinho will rival PSG’s offer as he seeks to secure a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

Mourinho’s sudden distancing from Antoine Griezmann, seemingly bound for a move to Old Trafford at one point, has created a sudden vacuum out of which numerous alternatives have emerged: Andrea Belotti, Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette are all names that have engulfed the back pages in recent times.

And I would contend that, out of all of them, Aubameyang serves as the best option. The Frenchman boasts a deadly scoring record in both France and Germany, claiming 120 goals for Dortmund since arriving in 2013, and at the age of 27 provides a tantalising mixture of both experience and a few years still ahead of him.

The next challenge, you sense, ought to not be returning to France but instead embarking on a new challenge in the Premier League.

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