Manchester City are keen on Borussia Dortmund ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but there have been no official talks between the clubs, according to the Bundesliga side.
A report in Wednesday’s Sun quoted Sky Sports Italia journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio, as saying that talks between City and Dortmund about the player’s future were at an ‘advanced’ stage.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) June 7, 2016
However, a Dortmund club official has since ‘dismissed’ the speculation, according to dortmund24.de, telling the German Press Agency:
“We know nothing. And we will not comment again on countless summer rumours.”
The signing of Aubameyang, if it were to happen, would be a major coup for Guardiola and City. The striker, having scored 39 goals last season for the Bundesliga side, is one of the hottest properties in this summer’s transfer market. Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been linked with the 26-year-old Gabon striker.
The attacker would bring much-needed fire power to the club, who currently rely heavily on Sergio Aguero for goals. Wilfried Bony has failed to rekindle the form that he showed at Swansea City, and while Kelechi Iheanacho looks to have real talent, he is still relatively young.
However, while Guardiola is said to be interested in the striker, any mooted transfer is far from a done deal at this stage.
Aubameyang is on #mcfc radar but they’ve been no meetings, conversations, offers & club baffled at suggestions a deal is at advanced stage
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) June 8, 2016
If the Sky Blues can complete this deal, then Guardiola will have signed two of the most gifted players in the current Borussia Dortmund squad which – following the departures of Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and more recently Mats Hummels to arch rivals Bayern Munich – will leave supporters and the players still at the club questioning the ambition of the Bundesliga runners up.
Meanwhile, City fans can only be impressed by the calibre of player Guardiola is targeting as he looks to finally make the club’s dream of Champions League success a reality.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena