For a while it looked like Manchester City were set to add Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to their ranks for next season, however, interest has appeared to have cooled.
According to the latest reports, Borussia Dortmund have told Manchester City they will need to break the British transfer record to acquire his services.
It is believed that the Blues were quoted a £65 million fee for the Gabonese international, which is a fee that would eclipse the near £60m rivals Manchester United paid to buy Angel di Maria over two years ago.
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Aubameyang has scored 54 goals in 94 appearances since moving to the German side, and would offer serious competition for Sergio Aguero’s starting spot at the Etihad Stadium.
The price would pose a risk for a player, who is likely to be the second choice striker behind the Argentine, and would therefore not be able to star in his preferred role in the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation, which City and Pep Guardiola favours.
However, if the 26-year-old can fit into the right side of the attack, alongside Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, then the blue half of Manchester will become favourites to lift Leicester City’s trophy come May.
Funded by the Arab billions, the large amount of money would be no decisive factor as they search for glory in the Champions League and dominance within the English game, the ultimate aim since the Abu Dhabi United Group bought the club in 2008.
Two pieces of the jigsaw are complete, with Guardiola joining from Bayern Munich, and former teammate of Aubameyang’s, Ilkay Gundongan, joining the Etihad.
Should the reports prove correct, City will have to turn their attention elsewhere with a number of other targets mentioned.
Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku are viable options, however, they are likely to want a guaranteed starting role, something that Guardiola won’t be able to offer.
Target Leroy Sane could potentially be transformed into a striker, with the new manager possibly applying his trust in Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho to provide adequate backup options for the new season.
Should he arrive at the Etihad, one thing is for certain, Aubameyang will be scoring plentiful of goals, proving money can be well spent at any price.
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