Borussia Dortmund’s general manager Michael Zorc has responded to the rumours linking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Chelsea.
But now German newspaper Bild has asked Zorc about the rumours, a question to which he responded, “For us, nothing has arrived.”
That suggests no bid has yet come in for a player who only arrived in Germany last summer from St-Etienne.
Much in demand then, Aubameyang went on to score 16 goals and set up a further five in 48 appearances for the Bundesliga side, with some suggesting he could ultimately fill the hole left by Robert Lewandowski’s switch to Bayern Munich.
But despite scoring a hat-trick on his league debut for Dortmund against Augsburg, he failed to hit those same heights for the remainder of the campaign. And now Bild claims Dortmund would be willing to negotiate a possible move if what they call “a serious offer” arrives.
This is allegedly prompted by doubts over the player’s defensive capabilities, which Jose Mourinho may have something to say about if the reported interest from Chelsea is indeed true.
A front-two of Diego Costa and Aubameyang would certainly be a considerable improvement on what Mourinho had at his disposal last season.
But with a contract until 2018, the Gabon player would not come cheap, and at this stage he could simply be viewed as an alternative if the Costa deal does not ultimately go through.