Tuesday 16 January 2018

Manchester United open talks to sign £50m-rated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - report

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United are reported to have opened talks to sign Borussia Dortmund’s £50m-rated striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a bid to sign the Gabon striker who has smashed 32 goals so far this season, yet interest from United would raise the stakes in the battle for his signature.

United face an uncertain few weeks as the future of manager Louis van Gaal remains under a cloud, but the Daily Mirror are among those reporting that Old Trafford chiefs have already sounded out Aubameyang's advisers over a possible summer move.

The interest in one of the most prolific scorers in European football is likely to ensure that any potential sale would only be considered if the figures on offer exceeded £50m, but that figure may not be an issue for United as they look to get back to the top table of English and European football.

Aubameyang has previously stated that he is content at Dortmund, with these comments in Kicker magazine earlier this season

"I am very happy here," said Aubameyang. "The people here accept me for who I am. Dortmund has become my second home.

"I learnt a lot through the clubs I've played for previously [AC Milan, Dijon, Lille, Monaco] both negative and positive. It's made me a better person.

"Every goal I score feels like the first. It's a special feeling to play in front of these fans. I don't know my limits yet. I set personal goals every season, that's very important to me. I have improved in every year I've been at Dortmund."

Those comments may be quickly forgotten if a huge transfer fee and vast wages are on offer to Aubameyang at the end of this season.

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