The transfer market and rumor mill has been quite cruel to Borussia Dortmund lately. Mats Hummels request to transfer to Bayern Munich and foreign interest in Ilkay Gundogan hasn't exactly been easy reading for BVB fans of late. Now Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is speaking about a possible move elsewhere.
Aubameyang told Cadena Cope this week about his dream of playing in Spain, and specifically in Madrid.
"I am focused on finishing the season with my team. We do not know what can happen, but I have a contract until 2020. I do not know when. I cannot say [where] because I do not know how things are, but I have more family links to Madrid than Barcelona. And yes, I like Real Madrid a little more than Atletico."
First off, apologies to all the Atletico and Barcelona fans who may have been dreaming about Aubameyang coming to play for their clubs. But Aubameyang has never been shy about being a Real Madrid fan. He has spoken before about promising his Madrid supporting Grandfather that he would one day play for the Galacticos.
On the panic scale of possible departures this summer, I'm calling Aubameyang to Madrid a 4/10 in terms of concern. Auba, who is the second-highest scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 25 goals, is thankfully under contract with Dortmund until 2020. He has also shown no previous desire to leave the Westfalenstadion. It would take a massive and desperate bid from Real to bring him in.
His qualifier in the quotes about not knowing when he will move should soothe our fears. There's no rush for Auba. He's just happy doing the running man in Dortmund for now.
It's always tough to predict the transfer strategy of Real, but they don't have a glaring need at striker. Karim Benzema occupies the number nine shirt, and Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo do a fair bit of scoring themselves from wide positions, something Aubameyang excels in.
Aubameyang is only 26 and has a good portion of his career ahead of him. He could certainly move to Real Madrid at some point in the future, but this summer is too soon. He's only just establishing himself as one of the most prolific scorers in Germany. And he'll also be excited at the prospect of playing Champions League football under Thomas Tuchel next season.
How worried are you about Auba leaving this summer?