Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed that the German club might listen to offers of €80m and above for their star striker, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon attacker, who will return to Dortmund early after his national team were ousted from the AFCON, has been linked with some crazy transfer rumours over the past one year, with speculation of moves to both China and Real Madrid snapping headlines. Chelsea, Arsenal, and both Manchester clubs were also frequently linked with the rapid striker.
However, Borussia have claimed they’re not under any pressure offload their most valuable asset, but Watzke has hinted that an offer of the aforementioned amount could lure the club’s hierarchy into selling.
“We can never guarantee that a player will stay with Borussia Dortmund forever, but our strength is to always find new solutions,” he was quoted as saying by Kicker TV.
“Auba was our alternative to ‘the world ending’ after [Robert] Lewandowski’s departure [to Bayern Munich]. With an 80m [euro] offer, I would be thinking about [club president] Reinhard Rauball and [sporting director] Michael Zorc – if we had one [an offer], we would have to get together with Pierre-Emerick [to discuss it].
“We always have to differentiate between situations where there is such an offer, but we have no pressure … I would prefer it if no offer came.
“[He] is definitely good enough to go to an even bigger club. There are only a few, but I’m glad to read that it’s a good idea to go to Barcelona,” he added, perhaps referring to Aubameyang’s recent claim that Dortmund are not on the same level as Barca, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
The 27-year-old has scored 16 times this season in just 15 Bundesliga appearances, as his stock in world football continues to grow.