Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not a top transfer priority for the summer transfer window for Real Madrid, as per reports
The Daily Mail have reported that Borussia Dortmund striker is not a top transfer priority for Real Madrid despite hinting that he could leave the Bundesliga club in the summer transfer window.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has emerged as one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe in recent years. After a modest start to his career with AC Milan in 2008, the Gabon captain made a name for himself in France with Saint-Etienne, scoring 41 goals in 97 appearances in two seasons with the club.
He subsequently moved to Borussia Dortmund in 2013, with whom he has grown into one of the most highly regarded strikers in the world. Suffice to say, Aubameyang has been prolific ever since his move to the Westfalenstadion, scoring an impressive 116 goals in 198 matches in all competitions with Die Schwargelben.
And after finishing second in the top scorers chart behind Robert Lewandowski in Bundesliga last season with 25 goals, Aubameyang has romped to the top of the goalscoring list this season with 16 goals in as many games so far.
His exploits with Dortmund have seen him emerge as a major target for several clubs in recent months, with the likes of Real Madrid in particular being the most heavily linked side with the Gabonese. Aubameyang himself has previously admitted that it would be a dream to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The last few days have seen some major movements happen with respect to a possible transfer to Real Madrid, with Borussia Dortmund chief executive Jerome Watzke stating that the club could consider bids in excess of €80 million for their star striker.
Then, earlier this week, Aubameyang also hinted that he could leave Dortmund in the summer transfer window, saying, “If I want to go to the next level, I need to leave in summer.”
However, the report by Daily Mail states that goalkeeping reinforcements remain the top transfer priority for Los Blancos in the summer with neither Keylor Navas nor Kiko Casilla being convincing this season, and they will only move to other targets once a top goalkeeper has been signed.
Karim Benzema has been a regular victim of whistling at the Santiago Bernabeu, while Alvaro Morata has found first team gametime being heavily restricted. Mariano Diaz has iterated his desire to prove himself but Real Madrid are looking to move the youngster on.
Despite all this, though, the possible acquisition of Aubameyang hinges on the recruitment of a top goalkeeper in the summer, with age also a factor that might come into play. Aubameyang is 27 right now, but recent signings show that Real Madrid are adopting a pro-youth policy in their transfer dealings.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund sporting director has suggested Aubameyang to focus on playing for the club and helping them achieve their targets this season instead of talking about an uncertain future in Germany.
Zorc told Reviersport: “We chatted briefly, and I recommended to him to give less interviews about the summer and rather focus on our chase of a Champions League spot on the pitch.
“He understood it. We have a very, very good relationship, but we needed to set an example for the inside and the public that our focus now is on the sporting side.”
So, this transfer saga has suddenly taken an interesting turn. Aubameyang might be interested in a move, while Real Madrid don’t consider him as a top priority. Dortmund would like him to concentrate on the job at Westfalenstadion as well and it now remains to be seen how things develop in the coming months.