Borussia Dortmund are used to a yearly exodus of its finest crop, seasons past has seen bitter rivals Bayern Munich poach Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze. Even their manager has crossed the English Channel to try his hand at Liverpool in the Premier League.
Now their Gabonese superstar is up for grabs showing distrust in the coaching staff and losing faith in the ethos. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wants out and Chelsea have a spot waiting for him in their starting XI.
Interest has grown over the summer from French champions, Paris Saint-Germain but the well-funded Parisians have since turned efforts elsewhere. The 28-year-old African has been told by Borussia Dortmund to agree a deal before the team departs for pre-season preparations in Switzerland on July 24th. Chelsea and any other club have till then to negotiate a deal reported to be around the £80 million mark.
Sudden intrigue from international powerhouses follows a season averaging a goal an appearance, 31 apps for 31 goals. Extending his finishing ability was 7 goals in 8 appearances in the UEFA Champions League, where Dortmund reached the quarter finals, losing to Monaco 6-3 on aggregate.
Additionally, many have been mesmerised by his explosive speed which defenders often find relentless and frightful. The speed and counter-attack playability in the Premier League would suit a player such as Aubameyang, especially at Chelsea. His mind may be made up on the Chelsea front after posting an ambiguous Instagram post recently. Bestowing Chelsea’s blue colour in the form of a jacket and shoes with a hashtag “, #moodoftheday” sent fans around the world into disarray.
Comparisons have been made between this social media tactic to Paul Pogba’s antics shortly before joining the Devils in Manchester.
It is certain Aubameyang has his sights set on a move, but will Chelsea grab the hot Gabonese before it’s too late?