With the summer transfer window looming, one name you can expect to see on GiveMeSport on more-or-less a daily basis is Borussia Dortmund's striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international has been one of the standout performers in Europe this season, scoring a sensational 34 goals across all competitions so far. His performances in the Bundesliga have helped Dortmund keep pace with Bayern Munich at the top of the table and will earn them a hefty profit on the original price they paid for him.
Having spent a reported €13million to sign him from St Etienne in 2013, Dortmund would be well within their rights to demand €100m for Aubameyang and, according to Spanish newspaper AS, that is exactly what they have done.
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In a rather sensational report, AS claim that the 26-year-old has already agreed a pre-contract agreement with the La Liga club, but what seems more likely is that he has a gentleman's agreement of some sort.
The problem for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is now agreeing a price with Borussia Dortmund. The German club have never shied away from selling their best players for the right price but have demanded €100m and will refuse to go a penny lower.
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Unsurprisingly, officials at the Westfalenstadion are very annoyed with Real Madrid's tactics. Indeed, if Aubameyang has indeed discussed terms with the Spanish club, they will be in breach of Fifa regulations.
With a transfer embargo hanging over their heads, Real Madrid will enter this summer with little or no power around the negotiating table and it looks like Dortmund are ready to take full advantage.
But Dortmund may have to accept that their star player wants to leave. It has long been claimed that Aubameyang's dream move would be to either Real Madrid or Barcelona, shunning reported interest from the Premier League in the process.
Naturally, Arsenal and Manchester United, both short on firepower, have been tentatively linked with a move for the striker although neither will be able to compete with the magnetism of Los Blancos.
Barcelona have little need for a striker and would probably struggle to meet Dortmund's asking price anyway. With a shirt sponsor for next season still needed and a massive wage bill to supplement, the world's best club is actually quite strapped for cash.
We must, of course, take this story with a pinch of salt. AS are a respected newspaper but it would be no surprise if this story was a tad premature. While Aubameyang will almost certainly have his eyes on a move to Real Madrid, it is unlikely he would let illegitimate negotiations distract him from what is likely to be a tight title battle in Germany.
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