Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has dashed Arsenal’s hopes of signing him this summer by stating that he wants to remain at the club.
The Gabon international has been linked with Real Madrid and Arsenal and his national coach Jorge Costa also fuelled the speculations about his transfer when he stated that the forward will miss the friendly matches against Mauritania and Ivory Coast due to him changing clubs.
Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Manchester United over recent months, with reports suggesting he could make a £70m ($116.1m) switch to the Premier League.
The forward has claimed he is happy in Germany, but hinted that a big-money move this summer remains an opportunity.
However, the 26-year-old has decided to end all those speculations by saying he that he still sees himself at the Westfalenstadion next season. The German club has already lost Mats Hummel and Ilkay Gundogan to Bayern Munich and Manchester City respectively this summer.
Aubameyang said, as quoted by the Metro:
“I feel really good in Dortmund. ‘I don’t know what the future brings, but I feel really good.”
‘This is why I cancelled the trip with the Gabon national team,’ he added. ‘I had meetings with the board to talk about the future. It’s strange to lose two key players, especially since they were the backbone of the tram.”
“But I have faith in the club. There are many opportunities to find good solutions and make some good transfers. I am feeling very well in Dortmund. I do not know what the future holds, but I am happy here.”
Arsene Wenger is aware of the need for additions up front and he is working towards it. The state of the club’s attack is not encouraging.
Danny Welbeck will miss most of next season due to the knee injury he suffered towards the end of last season and Olivier Giroud who happens to be the main striker of the team has been far from being consistent.
The Emirates outfits have been strongly linked with Juventus striker Alvaro Morata who has also expressed interest in switching to the Premier League.
However, the media was flooded yesterday with the reports that we have triggered the release clause in the contract of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy. If we sign Vardy then I guess we are more or less done on the attacking front.