It’s no secret that Real Madrid have interest in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. This summer, that interest may actually turn into bids or even a possible transfer.
Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has been speaking on this subject to Sky Sports Germany, translated here by the Metro.
Here are the relevant quotes:
“If Real Madrid come knocking, we will talk, but it isn't going to be easy.
The transfer won't be automatic.
We want him to stay with us. Unlike other players that left us recently, Aubameyang has a long contract that he has extended until 2020.
There is absolutely no pressure [to let him go]. I also don't have the impression that he would like to go."
This stance is certainly a softened one from previous windows. Now, at least, discussions between the two clubs are possible.
At the moment, Real Madrid have a transfer ban in place until January 2018. But it’s uncertain whether that ban will actually be upheld to last that long. If it doesn’t, this move is certainly on the table.
It’s also no secret that Aubameyang would like to play for Real Madrid. His Grandfather was a Madrid fan, and Auba has gone on record as saying that it is his dream to play for them one day after he promised his Grandpa that he would.
He’s missed a few chances recently, but the Gabon international is still putting up good numbers this season. He has six goals through seven Bundesliga matches, leaving him as the second highest scorer in the league behind Koln’s Anthony Modeste.
Auba is a world class striker, and any successful bid to sign him would need to be immense. We’re talking somewhere around €60 or €70 million. Mid-season major departures aren’t too common, so he won’t be going anywhere in January. But who knows about the summer ahead.