Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the most prolific strikers in the world right now, and his exceptional strike rate for Borussia Dortmund this season has piqued the interest of a number of elite clubs who will scramble for his signature in the summer.
Aubameyang’s goalscoring record since joining Dortmund in 2013 has been phenomenal. With a strike rate in excess of a goal per game, he is one of the main reasons why the fight at the top of the Bundesliga is such a close contest this season. He is outshining some of the greatest strikers in the world and rubbing shoulders with the brilliant Robert Lewandowski in the goal getting stakes. In fact, when this article was produced, the African Footballer of the Year is 2/1 in the Bet365 Bundesliga betting to claim the golden boot, with his Bayern Munich rival at 4/11.
There is no doubt that any team could profit from the services of such a dangerous strike force, which is why there has been a lot of speculation about whether the Gabonese speedster will be poached by a bigger club in the summer. Any club that wants to sign him, though, will have to pay a hefty price tag, because at the tender age of 26 he still has his best striking years ahead of him. This is why reports suggest he has been given a valuation of around £42million with a potential to rise a lot higher in the summer.
There are plenty of clubs that would see this as a worthy investment, and certainly a number of Premier League teams that have that kind of cash at their disposal. Rumours suggest that Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool are interested in making a swoop for the player.
Liverpool may be in with a chance, because reports suggest Jürgen Klopp will have a whopping £100million to spend on new players in the summer as he looks to put his own stamp on a team that has been subjected to many managerial and tactical changes over the last few years. Klopp coached Aubameyang in his final season at Dortmund, so this link could give him the edge over other English suitors. However, a player of Aubameyang’s calibre may well be put off by the lack of Champions League football should the Reds fail to qualify for the competition.
All the young striker has to do is keep scoring goals and in the summer transfer window there are sure to be a host of elite clubs knocking at the door with bags of cash.
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