Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the highest rated players in Ligue 1 with his stock rising all the time.
Nearing the end of a very successful campaign for Champions League chasing Saint-Etienne, the ex-AC Milan trainee has bagged 19 goals and 14 assists in all competitions this season drawing interest from Europe's elite clubs.
The 'Bling King' as he has been known as in the past after his desire for flash £2500 crystal incrusted boots and diamond earrings, has had his best season to date and is valued at £10 million by his employers.
But the question is, why would Milan let such a bright talent go? The 23-year-old clearly has so much potential, he possesses bags of pace and an acute eye for goal - key factors managers look for in a modern day striker.
For the Milan youth teams he was prolific, scoring seven goals in six matches during an inaugural Champions youth tournament. His performances left him with the award for top scorer and saw him promoted to the senior squad in 2008.
After several appearances for the first team, it was in their best wishes to try and gain the young attacker some minutes elsewhere, this led to four loan spells in as many years.
Dijon, Lille, Monaco and his current club Saint Etienne who took up an option to buy Aubameyang after a successful loan spell at the club in 2011, scoring two goals in 14 appearances.
Whilst out on loan he managed to find the back 14 times from 81 appearances, often playing as the front man but regularly deployed out wide to the flanks.
After the Saint Etienne loan spell, Aubameyang had left a strong impression on the Ligue 1 side and so they followed up the purchase option believed to be worth around £2 million.
And what a spectacular signing he would make out to be after scoring his first hat-trick just two months later in February 2012 against Brittany side Lorient. Ever since he signed terms with Saint-Etienne he has been in great form, whacking in 33 goals in just 65 games to date.
So it's clear to see why there is a lot of hype circulating round the 'future' of African football in this moment in time.
Aubameyang has also been an ace for his national side ever since making his debut for Gabon back on the 25th of March 2009. Having also rejected opportunities for the Italy Under-21's and having made one appearance for the France Under-21's, it was clear that the man with the No.7 jersey's international future was unclear until his debut for the Gabon senior side. Scoring his first goal in a 3-2 victory against Morocco,
He has since then netted eight times and racked up 29 caps.
So interest in the young striker has been increasing especially after the previous two seasons and its clear to see why. Recently linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Newcastle, Arsenal and moneybags Paris Saint-Germain, this could be the 23-year-old's summer to make his decision whether he would choose to move on or not to one of Europe’s 'top clubs.
In conclusion, this is a very bright young footballer who is very versatile and can play in a variety of attacking positions making him a 'top' transfer target for the majority of Europe's managers.
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