£10.6m striker Roma's 'dream' target after Arsenal & Newcastle snub

Less than a year on from signing with Borussia Dortmund, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is said to be in AS Roma’s cross-hairs.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang was hot property on the transfer market last summer after hitting 19 goals for Saint-Etienne in the 2012-13 Ligue 1 campaign.

Even before the season had ended suitors were queuing up for the Gabonese striker’s services and his agent confirmed strong English interest this time last year.

Newcastle United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were all part of the discussion then according to Oscar Damiani, but it wasn’t to be for any of the three.

By early July Aubameyang was already on his way to Borussia Dortmund in a £10.6m deal as the Champions League finalists handed him a five-year contract.

The Gabon international would later claim that he consciously chose the Bundesliga over the Premier League - though the extent to which English clubs pursued him is unclear.

Whatever the case, Aubamayang has gone on to score 16 goals in his first season at the Westfalenstadion, a solid return - and one that seems to have kept alive interest elsewhere.

According to Sky Italia, AS Roma - also linked with the 24-year-old last spring - have tagged Aubameyang as their ‘dream’ signing this summer.

The link is slightly alarming given that the forward only moved last summer, especially as Robert Lewandowski is set to leave Dortmund for Bayern Munich, but there are a few factors at play that could explain the report.

For one, Jurgen Klopp’s side have already signed Lewandowski’s replacement in Adrian Ramos of Hertha Berlin. And Dortmund have been hot on the trail of Serie A scoring leader Ciro Immobile as well, with a substantial bid expected to soon arrive for the 24-year-old - who is co-owned by Torino and Juventus.

If Immobile does join Die Schwarzgelben, this could potentially free up Aubameyang to join Roma. At the Stadio Olimpico, he’d be joining up with his former boss from his 2009-10 loan spell at Lille, Rudi Garcia, who plausibly could be the driving force behind the Giallorossi’s reported interest.

A quick switch to the Italian capital for the one-time Premier League target may not be entirely likely at this point, but tentative signs suggest it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibility.

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