Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has given a green light to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to leave the club if he wishes to but only if other clubs can match the club’s astronomical asking price for their player, Bild reports.
The 27-year-old striker has risen to the status of ‘football’s hottest property’ in recent years and his 110 goals in 176 matches for Dortmund would surely command a record-breaking transfer deal.
Arsenal and Liverpool have been known to be interested in the player, with Liverpool likely to be more appealing to Aubameyang as he holds Reds’ manager Jurgen Klopp in high regard because of their time together at Borussia.
“As of yet, I have no information that suggests Auba will leave Dortmund.” Watzke said. “If we are to reach that point, we will sit down and listen to each other, we have a lot of respect for Auba and he deserves that.
“But there are not an awful lot of clubs that would be a step forward for him in my opinion. Either way, he will only leave Dortmund for an outrageous transfer fee if he does move.
“That being said, we hope that he will stay.”
Liverpool have been on the lookout for a world-class striker since Luis Suarez left the club for Barcelona in 2014. Aubameyang has already proven that he can fit very well in Klopp’s ‘heavy metal football’ which relies on speed and hard work.
The Gabon star has not hidden his admiration for Spanish giants Real Madrid and will surely enjoy a move there, but it is understood Madrid are likely to focus on attempting to bring in Eden Hazard from Chelsea. This can leave a door open for Liverpool to approach him.
The striker has bagged 33 goals in 36 appearances for Dortmund this season as the club finds itself with an already booked place in the Champions League quarter-finals and sitting third in the Bundesliga.