Premier League giants Arsenal have received a major boost ahead of their summer transfer plans as one of their long-term top targets Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly available after the Bundesliga club admitted they could be forced to consider bids for African Player of the Year in summer.
Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, revealed the club will consider offers for the forward, who has netted 29 goals in 29 games for the Bundesliga giants the season across all competitions.
Speaking to Sky, Watzke admitted Die Schwarzgelben want to keep their top scorer at the club as long as possible, but big money offers will be considered.
“If an offer comes, then we need to discuss it. If it should go into the hundreds of millions, then we also need to talk to the player. But I’m not worrying about it because at the moment we want to keep him as long as possible, ideally beyond 2020.”
Arsenal will have to battle it out with Liverpool, Barcelona and Manchester United who have also shown interest in signing the 26-year-old Gabon international. Aubameyang has helped his side this season, which explains why Dortmund are willing to keep hold of him for as long as possible.
The 26-year-old forward has continued his shootout with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski for the Bundesliga’s top scorer following his brace against Igolstadt on Saturday, which was another good reason of how he is very important to his club.
On his side, Aubameyang has netted in each Borussia Dortmund’s last ten matches at the Westfalenstadion, and he is only two gams less of Gerd Muller’s and Jupp Heynckes’ all-time record of scoring in 12 consecutive home matches in Bundesliga.