Borussia Dortmund must know they're going to have one hell of a fight on their hands to keep hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon striker has been at BVB for three years, during which he has scored 60 goals, and unsurprisingly, that hasn't gone unnoticed by some of Europe's elite clubs.
Manchester City are always keeping one eye on his situation in Germany, but Real Madrid are undoubtedly favourites to sign him if he does decide to quit the Bundesliga.
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Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has now admitted the club wouldn't be adverse to opening negotiations with the La Liga giants - but he insists it depends on whether the player himself wants to leave.
"If someday there is something from Real Madrid, who he has an affection for, we have to talk about it," he told Sky, as per Goal.com.
"[But] this [transfer] will not happen automatically.
"We want him to stay with us. As opposed to the players who left us recently, he has a long contract which runs until 2020. There is no pressure at all. And I am not under the impression that he wants to move."
Watzke's comments won't help their reputation as a selling club, with Dortmund once again allowing an exodus this summer just gone. Ilkay Gundogan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Mats Hummels all left for richer pastures, even if Mario Gotze has now returned.
Aubameyang once again found the back of the net in the 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin on Friday, but the more he scores, the more it seems inevitable that he will eventually move on.
The 27-year-old has previously hailed Real Madrid, and Dortmund are of course in the same Champions League group as Los Blancos, so Zinedine Zidane will no doubt be keeping a close eye on him now he knows there's a very real possibility a deal could happen next summer.
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