Newcastle have been linked with signing Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Do they really have a chance and is he for sale?
The Italian sports magazine Gazzetta dello Sport reported that AS Roma want Dortmund’s Gabon international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Interest in England has also been credited to Newcastle United, but is he out of their reach?
Aubameyang joined Dortmund one year ago for the transfer sum of €14 million. He had a brilliant start with three goals in his first Bundesliga match against Augsburg but then didn’t manage to perform well regularly and was often a substitute.
Although he managed to score 13 goals in his first Bundesliga season he often was criticised for his missing participation in Dortmund’s defensive game. It is an essential part of Dortmund’s tactics that every player, even the strikers, have to participate in defending when the other team has the ball. A player who doesn’t internalize this tactical order won’t have a big future under Dortmund’s coach Klopp.
The German top team are still patient with Aubameyang as it was his first season with them after playing in the French Ligue 1 before. Dortmund’s chairman Watzke commented in an interview with Sport Bild on the rumours that Aubameyang might leave the club again.
“Why should he? He has been with us for just a year. It couldn’t be expected that he would play every single game. That’s not possible because of the internal competition on his position. We’re satisfied with him.”
Satisfied doesn’t mean happy. If they received an exceptionally good offer for Aubameyang, who has proved to be the fastest player in the Bundesliga, then they could think of selling him. This wouldn’t be a surprise when you consider that Dortmund has already signed Adrian Ramos and Ciro Immobile as strikers for the next season which won’t make it easier for Aubameyang to get more playing time.
AS Roma are claimed to be preparing an exceptionally good offer. According to Gazzetta dello Sport they offered €25 million plus the Serbian midfielder Adem Ljajic for Aubameyang. That’s definitely an offer worth considering. Dortmund had a lot of problems with injured midfielders last season which is why they could probably need a player like Ljajic.
Newcastle simply would not have the resources, or at least the willingness to compete with such an offer. And then there is the fact the Premier League side have no European football to offer next season, while Roma are in the Champions League.
There is little doubt Aubameyang's style would be a good fit for the Premier League, but Newcastle is not likely to be his destination.