Borussia Dortmund has in no uncertain terms made it clear that it will be a difficult task to prise away striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from them during this summer's transfer window. The Gabon international is one of Europe's most prolific marksmen with 35 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions and his performances for the German club this season have attracted interest from top clubs all across Europe.
Manchester United and Real Madrid are the clubs leading the race for his signature but will face competition from the likes of Arsenal, who are also keen on bringing in a forward ahead of next season. The Red Devils, according to the Mirror, are reportedly willing to pay upwards of £60m ($85m) to bring him to Old Trafford.
German newspaper Express had suggested that the Spanish capital club have taken the lead in the chase with a €100m (£77m, $110m) offer, but the Bundesliga club were quick to dismiss the speculation labelling it 'bulls**t'. The African striker, who named the continent's player of the year, has admitted to having a dream of playing at the Bernabeu before the end of his career, but insisted that he was currently happy at Dortmund.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, the chief executive officer of the Signal Iduna Park outfit, has now made it clear that they do not have any intention of selling him in the near future, but admitted that they could consider letting him leave if interested clubs offer €100m - €120m.
"It was no coincidence we renewed his contract until 2020. It is our wish that he will score many goals for Borussia Dortmund in the future," Watzke said, as quoted by Goal.com
"If someday there really arrives an offer of €100 or €120m for him, we will discuss it. But we want to keep him above 2020," the Bundeliga club chief added.