It appears that this summer may finally be the transfer window that sees Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang make his long rumored departure from Borussia Dortmund. But the possible destination may surprise you.
According to Bild, specifically the reliable Heiko Ostendorp, Aubameyang has met with Paris St. Germain in the French capital to discuss a move to the Ligue 1 side.
Here’s a decent translation of the key information.
According to SPORT BILD information, the striker has an offer from the French top club Paris St-Germain...Borussia Dortmund would let him go - for a sum of at least 70 million euros.
According to BILD on Wednesday evening, the Gabonese met in Paris for talks with PSG sports director Patrick Kluivert. Aubameyang is therefore to sign in the French capital for three years. The annual salary is EUR 14 million.
This big news breaks only days before Dortmund face Hoffenheim in a match that will probably decide who finishes third in the Bundesliga, but there will be a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the game now. It could be one of Auba’s final games in the black and yellow.
PSG have a very capable striker in Edinson Cavani, but they are not a club that is afraid to make a splash like this. The Parisians are in danger of missing out on the Ligue 1 title for the first time since the 2011/2012 season. They trail Monaco by 3 points, and just suffered a crushing 3-1 defeat to Nice.
It makes sense that they would want to make a statement in the transfer window following possible disappointment with results in the French league and the Champions League.
The task for Dortmund of having to replace Aubameyang is now firmly looming on the horizon. The reports today definitely seem like the beginning of the end.
Auba has often spoke about his desire to play for Real Madrid, but they’ve never really shown concrete interest in him. PSG are nearly as attractive a destination, considering the substantial reported pay raise in this deal. Plus he was born in Laval, which is not too far from Paris. He represents Gabon internationally, but this move would be a homecoming of sorts for him.
Any bid from PSG for the striker could possibly spark a bidding war. They might not be the only team interested in his services, so the fee could end up higher than €70 million.
But a transfer fee of €70 million would be the 11th largest for a player in the history of the association football. It would also represent the largest sum ever received by BVB for a player, surpassing last summer’s €42 million sale of Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Manchester United.
Of course this news also breaks just a day after our site round-table on the subject of his future. Some of our predictions are already looking pretty misguided.
Stay tuned as news continues to break about Aubameyang’s possible move to PSG this summer.