According to Sky Sports news Manchester City are in advanced talks with Borussia Dortmund over the signing of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international is valued at €75million (£58.5m) and talks have escalated over the last few hours with the possibility of Aubameyang joining Pep Guardiola at City this summer.
Aubameyang has always said to have his heart set on a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid after a promise with his grandfather, but the Bundesliga Player of the Year is also open to playing in the Premier League and may have his head turned by City who are under a new era with the incoming Pep Guardiola.
Aubameyang once again showed the world why he is one of the best strikers last season scoring an impressive 25 goals in 29 Bundesliga games, only Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski managed more.
Since his move from St Etienne to Dortmund in 2013, Aubameyang has managed 54 goals in 94 games and also managed 20 goals in 49 games at international level for Gabon.
The Etihad Stadium hierarchy has promised Guardiola a significant overhaul for when he takes over in July. City under achieved massively last season and were lucky to secure top four, Guardiola who is one of the best managers in the world will certainly look to better them for next season and will look to potentially secure their first ever Champions League win something Guardiola failed to do with Bayern Munich.
Aubameyang looks set to be the second high-profile signing for City this summer, with both players coming from Borussia Dortmund after they captured the signing of Ilkay Gundogan last week.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all enquired about Aubameyang in the past but he looks set on a move to City this summer, with the Manchester club ready to make a big money move were they will certainly use their financial power and blow the other interested parties out the water.
Manchester City are certainly not short of strikers, they have the up and coming star Kelechi Iheanacho who has been superb since his break through to the first team, City also have one of Europe’s best striker’s in Sergio Aguero who has scored 102 goals in 150 games since his move to City in 2011.
So how do two of the best strikers in Europe compete? Not surprisingly Aubameyang and Aguero are inseparable with goals scored per 90 minutes after both managing 0.91. Aubuameyang has had a prolific season and also contributed to assist’s managing 0.18 which is 0.10 better than current City striker who managed just 0.08. Both strikers are more than just goalscorers, they’re world class team players too. Aguero, who has been inspirational in City’s success has managed a impressive score of 0.91 with key passes which is superior to Aubameyang who also managed a score of 0.87. The two players in mention are among the best in Europe, if both players are in one side next season the strike force at City will be devastating. Aubameyang has created 1.06 chances which is just astonishing for a number 9 but Aguero also impresses although he is behind with 0.99. Both players are top quality but it is Aguero who nudges Aubameyang to total attack score managing 44.50 with Aubameyang in second with 35.73 [Stats via Squawka]
Manchester City are lucky to have a striker of Sergio Aguero’s calibre, but to have two in one team will be deadly. City will be very lucky to pull this deal off with Aubameyang having his heart set on a dream move to Madrid. Guardiola’s era is in full flow and he will instantly become a fans favourite if he manages to pull this deal off. A season to forget last season, but the coming years are exciting for City fans with their new project. Guardiola will be looking to build a Champions League winning club and that is exactly what he could do if he continues to bring in players of this calibre.
However there are conflicting reports late tonight that suggest City have confirmed to a reporter that they have no interest in signing Aubameyang at this time. Perhaps agent talk again?