Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has dropped the strongest suggestion yet that he will be looking to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.
The striker has been in sensational form, scoring 40 goals in 46 appearances across the campaign, and has naturally attracted the attention of some of Europe's biggest clubs.
Even a reported asking price of €100million has not put the likes of Manchester United off, who, amongst others, seem determined to take the Gabon international away from the Black and Yellow this summer.
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But Aubameyang has already suggested that he would reject the Premier League for a move to Spain and has now reiterated his desire.
With Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid to choose from, it is no wonder that the 26-year-old fancies a transfer to La Liga, but it is the Bernabeu that is most appealing to him.
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Affinity to Los Blancos
While stating that he is currently committed to a long-term contract with Borussia Dortmund, Aubameyang struggled to hold back his affinity to Zinedine Zidane's side.
"I am focused on finishing the season with my team. We do not know what can happen, but I have a contract until 2020," he told Cadena Cope.
"I've always said it would be a dream for me to play in Spain, [but] I do not know when.
"I cannot say [where] because I do not know how things are, but I have more family links to Madrid than Barcelona. And, yes, I like Real Madrid a little more than Atletico."
A recent report from Spanish newspaper AS claimed that Aubameyang's representatives have already spoken to Real Madrid officials and agreed on a pre-contract agreement ahead of the summer window.
All is needed now, it would seem, is for Florentino Perez to cough up to required €100m to sign him. While Real Madrid certainly have spent that kind of money in the past, they may have to generate some funds through player sales first.
Second blow for Dortmund
The quotes come at a bad time for Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, who has had to deal with Mats Hummels's alleged request to join their Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in the summer.
Dortmund officially confirmed the request on their official website but claimed that no transfer fee had been agreed with Bayern and have since confirmed their (unknown) asking price is non-negotiable.
"We named our price and that is non-negotiable," Watzke told Suddeutschen Zeitung. "They either match our asking price or the deal is off."
Hummels was jeered by large portions of theWestfalenstadion during Saturday's 5-1 win over Wolfsburg while some fans also displayed a banner instructing the centre-back to leave sooner rather than later.
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