Borussia Dortmund star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted that there was truth to the rumour about his proposed move to Manchester City this summer.
Speaking with French football publication Onze, he revealed that his father represented him at talks with City officials, confirming:
“It’s true, there was contact [with Manchester City]. My father held talks with the club, but in the end there was nothing concrete.”
Unsurprisingly, City were not the only club courting the 27-year-old Gabon international. Aubameyang also revealed that Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid were sniffing around him too.
What will excite Man City fans the most, while equally striking fear in the hearts of supporters of other Premier League clubs, is that he appeared to leave the door open for the transfer to go through at some point in the future.
He initially suggested that the Ethiad was a more realistic destination than the Bernabéu, saying: “I think there was interest from Real Madrid, but it was more distant so I didn’t get too carried away.”
He then came across as being less than enamoured with the idea of playing in France once again (potentially with PSG), “We’ll see. I found their summer transfer plans… let’s just say I expected that they would sign more players. They’re still a big team and I think they’ll still be Ligue 1 champions this season. But there are one or two teams who could annoy them…I don’t especially want to return to France immediately. But it’s true that PSG have the ambition to win the Champions League, so they could be interesting for a player like me.” The return he spoke of here is in reference to his spell at Saint-Etienne between 2010-13.
It appears that he is a player who factors in challenges first and foremost so no matter how much money PSG throw at him, it appears unlikely to convince him. This is particularly understandable given that he has spent the last three seasons of his career in a league where one team has dominated due to their far superior financial clout.
With Manchester City not lacking in the financial department as well as offering a chance to play in a competitive league which is adored the world over, an A1 front two in both name and ability of Sergio Aguero and Aubameyang may be lining out for the Sky Blues at some point in the future.
Vincent Whelan, Pundit Arena