Manchester United have sent scouts to analyse the performances of Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of a possible summer transfer bid, reports the Sunday People.
Louis van Gaal has ordered his scouts to step up their European-wide search for a new striker as he prepares to shove Radamel Falcao out of Old Trafford. The Colombian joined Manchester United on a season-long loan deal from Monaco, but will return to the Ligue 1 club after failing to impress. The £265,000-a-week contract Manchester United have been paying will go down as a big waste of money.
With Robin van Persie struggling for form and fitness and the development of James Wilson stalling, Van Gaal is looking for as many as two strikers in the summer transfer window. Aubameyang is now on their potential hit list with scouts regularly watching his performances at the Signal Iduna Park.
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The Gabon international has been a key player under Jurgen Klopp this season scoring ten goals and assisting four in the Bundesliga alone. He is the only Dortmund player to reach double figures this season with Reus the closests with seven.
Dortmund paid £11.5 million to sign Aubameyang from St Etienne in 2013 and he has quickly become one of the most threatening players in German football thanks mainly to his electric pace.
A new dimension
Compared to Manchester United's current strikers, Aubameyang would add something completely different. Van Persie is terrifically clinical, but no longer has the speed to get past defenders. Wilson does not yet possess the strength to do the same.
Aubameyang may not be as clinical as Van Persie, but he has the pace and power needed to unlock stubborn Premier League defences. Annoyingly, the most comparable player in the Premier League is probably Danny Welbeck.
A familiar man
Welbeck's attributes was used to excellent effect at Old Trafford after he scored Arsenal's second in a 2-1 win. His pace allowed him to catch a poor back pass from Antonio Valencia and score.
The fact that Van Gaal is now looking to add a very similar player to his squad indicates a level of regret that he sold Manchester United's youth product to a Premier League rival. It is also likely that Aubameyang will cost more than the £16 million Arsenal paid for Welbeck.
Do Manchester United fans think Aubameyang is better than Welbeck or is Van Gaal simply trying to replace a player he never should have sold in the first place? Give us your thoughts in the comments box below!