Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a man in demand, and everyone knows it.
He’s been linked with a £60m move to Manchester United, as well as a host of other ‘Euro giants’ of late, and his form shows no signs of slowing down at all.
72 goals in 128 appearances is impressive and he’s been hugely important to the Black and Yellows for the past three years. His first season was a little slow, but it has been in the last two years that he has been the star of the show, taking the reigns when BVB began to struggle.
They’re back at second in the table and with Champions League qualification well and truly on the cards, should Aubameyang be looking at making a move seeing as he’s been doing so well?
But what would the Gabonese international bring to the table if he did make a move?
He’s well travelled and has played in some of the top leagues in the world. Spells at AC Milan, St Etienne and now Dortmund have served the 26-year-old well and he’s now beginning to find some of the best form of his career.
Robert Lewandowski’s switch to Bayern Munich freed up the ‘top dog’ spot and Aubameyang has settled into it quite nicely.
A £9m move to the Bundesliga seems like a snip now, and there is talk that his current side could make ten times that if they do agree to sell Aubameyang at the end of the season.
With Manchester United sniffing, Dortmund may be set to cash-in on their key man. And with a crisis looming over Old Trafford they could turn to Aubameyang to turn their fortunes around.
He would bring lightening quick pace and the ability to bang a goal or two in as well. At 6′ 1″ he’s pretty well built and would be able to cope with rough-and-tumble nature of the Premier League.
It’s also interesting as Aubameyang began his career at Dortmund as somewhat of a wide-man because of Lewandowski’s prolific form in the central striking role. This could be another plus point for United if he does join in the summer- versatility is invaluable at this level. 15 assists in 85 games isn’t too bad either, proving he can bring his team-mates into goalscoring positions as well as putting the ball in the net himself.
But its important to point out this is only his third season in the ‘big-time’. With all due respect to St-Etienne they’re not Champions League front-runners and its only since he joined Borussia Dortmund that he has begun to grab the headlines and attract widespread attention.
A gamble? Looks like it.
It seems that it will be another wait and see tale.