Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that a bid of £68.5 million could tempt the German club into considering whether or not to sell their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He told Kicker:
“We can never guarantee that a player will stay with Borussia Dortmund forever, but our strength is to always find new solutions. Auba was our alternative to ‘the world ending’ after Lewandowski’s departure. With an €80m [£68.5m] offer, I would be thinking about [club president] Reinhard Rauball and [sporting director] Michael Zorc – if we had one, we would have to get together with Pierre-Emerick [to discuss it].”
The Gabon striker is on his way back from a home African Cup of Nations after the hosts were knocked out in the group stages, but he remains one of Europe’s hottest talents with United just one of his many admirers.
The Red Devils have however missed out on a move for target Goncalo Guedes, after the attacking midfielder completed a £21 million move from Benfica to Paris Saint-Germain, say the Daily Mail. The 20-year-old has been likened to United hero Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese international has instead opted for a move to the French capital, where United’s scouts are sure to keep an eye on his performances to see if he can live up to his potential.
More immediately, the club faces an EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Hull City this evening, with Jose Mourinho keen to emphasize the importance of the trophy in his team’s ambitions for the season, as he said:
“It’s nice to win a competition but I don’t think it’s crucial to do well after that. We go competition by competition and match after match. It’s going to be really difficult. I have a board with all the matches and possible matches on my office wall and when I look at it the image is quite complicated.”
Sporting a new look haircut, Mourinho now seems prepared to see out the team’s 2-0 lead picked up in the first leg of the tie.
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