Borussia Dortmund Transfer News: Dortmund CEO ready to 'talk to' Real Madrid about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Real Madrid might be willing to pay 60 million for the services of the 27-year-old striker.
Since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's brilliant performances in the last few seasons for Borussia Dortmund, he has been one of the hottest properties in European football. There were a lot of rumours regarding the Dortmund striker leaving Germany to go to Real Madrid, but, none of that came to fruition as the German club wanted to keep their star striker.
According to a report on Mirror, Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, who has always insisted in not selling the Gabonese forward, has now admitted that he would be ready to listen to offers for Aubameyang, especially from Spanish giants, Real Madrid.
Recently, Aubameyang had publicly stated that a move to Real Madrid was one he was hoping for and looking forward to in the future.
“Real Madrid is the club of my heart. I promised my grandma that one day I would play there, I hope this can happen. It's only an aim and I still have time... if they want me,” Aubameyang admitted.
It seems that this statement by the 27-year-old is what has led Watzke to be open to listening to offers for Dortmund's prized possession.
“If Real Madrid come knocking, we will talk, but it isn't going to be easy. The transfer won't be automatic,” Watzke admitted.
Dortmund have seen€ many of their star players leave in the last few years and this will be something that might worry the Westfalenstadion faithful. Robert Lewandowski, Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gotze, Shinji Kagawa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are some of the big names who were sold in recent years.
Although Gotze and Kagawa made their returns to Dortmund, Watzke will not want to give an impression that the club he runs is a selling club. The CEO also revealed that the aforementioned transfers were mainly due to difficult contract situations rather than the club's ability to hold onto them.
“We want him to stay with us. Unlike other players that left us recently, Aubameyang has a long contract that he has extended until 2020. There is absolutely no pressure [to let him go]. I also don't have the impression that he would like to go,” Watzke said.
FIFA had recently placed a ban on Real Madrid which will hinder them from making any player acquisitions until January 2018. Hence, if the 27-year-old Dortmund striker wants to move to his dream club, he will have to wait for more than a year.
Since signing for Dortmund in 2013/14, Aubameyang has been on a perpetual rise bettering his form each season. After having scored 41 goals in 94 appearances in the first two seasons, he scored 39 goals in 49 appearances in the 2015/16 season.
Real Madrid will hope that no other clubs procure the services of the prolific striker before their ban ends, considering Aubameyang has continued from where he left off last season. With 6 goals in 5 Bundesliga appearances so far, he is second in the list only behind FC Koln's Anthony Modeste.