A number of European giants - including Manchester United, Liverpool and Real Madrid - will have been on hot alert upon hearing the news that Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s price tag.
However, they probably weren’t as excited after reading the amount stretches into nine figures.
According to Watzke, Dortmund will only listen to offers of “€100 or €120 million” for the 26-year-old hotshot.
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Manchester United and Real Madrid can both afford that fee, but whether or not they are prepared to is another matter.
Watzke’s comments come across more as a warning to potential suitors. ‘We’ll only sell if the price is extortionate.’
In fact, he even admitted he wants Aubameyang to stay beyond 2020, the year the striker’s contract expires.
The Gabon international has emerged as one of the top five forwards in Europe this season, leading Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga and Europe League charge with 35 goals in 40 appearances.
So it’s no wonder he has been linked with all of Europe’s elite teams.
Dortmund want him beyond 2020
But Watzke has made it clear that BVB are unwilling to sell.
“It was no coincidence we renewed his contract until 2020," Watzke told Kicker, per Goal.
“It is our wish that he will score many goals for Borussia Dortmund in the future.
“If someday there really arrives an offer of €100 or €120 million for him, we will discuss it. But we want to keep him above 2020.”
Type Aubameyang’s name into Google alongside any of Europe’s top clubs and you will see transfer news linking the two parties.
AS recently claimed Real Madrid are prepared to offer €70m plus Alvaro Morato in exchange for the Dortmund star, while Liverpool fans will have been interested in Aubameyang’s recent praise of Jurgen Klopp, his former manager at Dortmund.
“Klopp brought me a lot," Aubameyang told France Football, per ESPN FC. “He gave me strength of character and made me develop defensively. The two years I spent with him were very useful to help me step up a level. He's someone charismatic and I have a lot of respect for this man.
“He often asked me to go and discuss things with him -- when things weren't going as well but also when they were going well."
Manchester United are also reportedly interested but it could be a family agreement that decides Aubameyang’s next club.
The former AC Milan striker admitted an agreement with his grandfather could see him swap Signal Iduna Park for the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Real Madrid? There's no deal in place, but... I promised my grandad I'd play there one day,” he said, per Manchester Evening News.
“I've said to myself, 'Why go back to France when I left that league three years ago? Why not discover something new?'
“Like I've said before, I'd love to play in Spain and to finally enjoy a bit of good weather.”