One of the hottest strikers in Europe at the moment, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in a recent interview revealed that he snubbed interests from a Premier League franchise before his move to the German side Borussia Dortmund in 2013.
Aubameyang, a Manchester United target who is priced at around 70 million Euros, has scored 28 goals in all competitions for his side said that he nearly signed for Newcastle United before he joined the German franchise.
When at Saint Etienne, Aubameyang was on the radar of the Newcastle side who were keen on brining him to England. But the forward opted to move to Borussia Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp a season after they reached the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
It was also understood that the Premier League side offered a more lucrative deal than Borussia Dortmund but Aubameyang turned it down to move to Germany.
‘I received an offer from Qatar of €10m per year. If I accepted, my family would be set up for life,’ the Gabon international told French Newspaper L’Equipe.
‘We chose to stay at Saint Etienne, where I got €70k per month, knowing that, given my qualities, I could earn money tomorrow.
‘The following season, Saint-Etienne wanted to send me to Newcastle.”
‘We opted for Dortmund, finalist in the Champions League, because my father studied Klopp’s game, even though the pay was lower.’
The African player of the year is yet again in the midst of a transfer saga with Manchester United tipped off to be the club to make the move for the 26-year old.
The Premier League franchise are low on ammunition up front and are plotting a summer move for the Gabon international but the move seems to be farfetched with Aubameyang opening up his dream to play for the Spanish Giants.
Recently speaking to a same newspaper earlier, the forward said, I gave my father the promise to play one day for Real Madrid,” Aubameyang said.
“It’ll be complicated, but this (promise) is anchored to a corner of my heart.”
Surely this story will turn out to be an interesting transfer saga in this summer.