Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have emerged as surprise contenders to acquire the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s much sought after striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga’s top scorer for the 2016-17 campaign, has been linked with a lot of potential suitors this summer and according to Le Parisien, Liverpool are the latest to join the queue with the player even keen to reunite with former boss Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Liverpool are looking to carry out a major rebuilding job at Anfield ahead of their Champions League safari next season and are already in the market to seal a transfer for AS Roma’s Mohamed Salah among other prospective targets.
The Reds’ attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho did manage to send chills down the spine of their opponents but in the absence of either of them, especially Mane, the side have looked virtually clueless in attack.
Hence their investment in high-profile attacking talent goes someway to establish the seriousness Liverpool are attaching to their first Champions League appearance since the 2014-15 season, when they were booted out from the groups stages itself.
Aubameyang brings with him goal-scoring instincts the Reds have missed since Luis Suarez’s departure to Barcelona in 2014. However, securing the Gabon international’s signature will be no mean feat for Liverpool as the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all documented their interest in securing his services.
Earlier on in the month, there were strong rumours stating that an agreement had been reached with PSG sealing the player’s move to the Parc Des Princes. But recent reports suggest that Unai Emery has turned his back on the deal leaving the floor open for other potential suitors to snap the forward up.
And Dortmund are willing to partake in a negotiation only if the buying club is willing to match their €60 million asking price for Aubameyang.
In 189 games for Die Schwarzgelben, the 28-year-old has scored 120 goals and assisted 33 times in all competitions as he established himself as the perfect replacement for Robert Lewandowski when the Polish striker completed his move to Bavaria during the summer of 2014.
It’s his ridiculous pace, eye for goal and murderous finishing instinct that has helped him establish himself as one of the most feared strikers in world football at the moment. Aubameyang has also let his goal-scoring exploits do the talking when featuring for the national side as he has 19 strikes to his name in 48 appearances.
It’s the kind of scoring rate the Reds could desperately use going into what will be Jurgen Klopp’s second full season in-charge. Whether Aubameyang opts for a reunion with his former boss remains to be seen but there is absolutely no questioning how incredible a signing he would be for the Reds should it transpire.