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Dortmund name price for top Arsenal target


Borussia Dortmund’s chief executive has revealed a £68 million bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would be considered.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for the 27-year-old in recent transfer windows and reportedly had an £80 million offer for the striker rejected by the German club last summer.

Real Madrid are also rumoured to be keen on the Gabon international, while recent reports suggest they are not interested in the player.

But Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke admits the club would consider a transfer this summer if they receive a large enough offer.

According to Metro, Watzke told Kicker TV:

‘We can never guarantee that a player will stay with Borussia Dortmund forever, but our strength is to always find new solutions.

‘Auba was our alternative to ‘the world ending’ after [Robert] Lewandowski’s departure. With an €80 million offer, I would be thinking about [club president] Reinhard Rauball and [sporting director] Michael Zorc – if we had one, we would have to get together with Pierre-Emerick.

‘We always have to differentiate between situations where there is such an offer, but we have no pressure…I would prefer it if no offer came.

‘He is definitely good enough to go to an even bigger club. There are only a few, but I’m glad to read that it’s a good idea to go to Barcelona.’

Aubameyang, who has scored 16 goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances so far this season for Dortmund, has been supposedly short-listed by Arsene Wenger as a potential replacement for Alexis Sanchez, whose future at Arsenal still remains in limbo.

Watzke’s latest comments suggests that Arsenal reported £80 million bid was a fabrication as the proposed bid he now claims would be considered is £12 million lower.

In any case, it’s a bid certainly worth considering this summer, even if Sanchez remains at Arsenal.

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