Borrusia’s general director Hans-Joachim Watzke has said the club’s star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would “think about” a potential move to Barcelona or Real Madrid if they were to make an offer for him.
The Gabon international has shone at the German side and is rated as one of the best strikers in world football.
Naturally, he’s been linked with some of the biggest clubs in the game, and while Watzke said the club are confident of keeping Aubameyang, he conceded Real and Barca carry a certain gravitas.
The rest of the clubs who are interested in him are not really an alternative for him. And certainly not Bayern [Munich], because we wouldn’t allow him join them.”
Since taking up a position at the point of the Dortmund attack towards the back end of the 2014-15 season, Aubameyang has gone from strength to strength.
The striker’s searing speed has always terrified opponents, although earlier in his career, Aubameyang lacked the composure needed to take full advantage of the great positions he would find himself in.
But with 25 league goals netted last term and that tally already matched before Easter this season, now he does.
Indeed, any notion that Aubameyang was going to be a one-season wonder have been dispelled this term.
After losing Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrik Mkhitaryan ahead of the campaign, 2016-17 was always going to be a year of transition for Thomas Tuchel’s young side.
But Aubameyang has assumed a talismanic role, taking hold of games and netting crucial goals in some big matches.
At 27, it may well be the best time for Aubameyang to think about making that jump to one of the behemoths of European football, too.
So talented is Aubameyang he could do a fine job for either Barcelona or Real Madrid.
At Madrid, the Gabon star would likely tussle with Karim Benzema for a starting spot, with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo indispensable on the flanks.
Barcelona have arguably the most dangerous front three in world football at their disposal in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.