Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has become the latest name to be rumored on the Paris Saint-Germain transfer radar. PSG has seen him up close three times already this year and know the abilities of the Saint-Etienne striker well.
Metro is among the outlets reporting that Aubameyang may favor a move to Paris over an opportunity in the EPL. With Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle also being linked with interest in Aubameyang, Saint-Etienne will have trouble holding onto their star this summer.
The recent addition of PSG to the ranks of interested parties may stem more from comments by Aubameyang then by any other source. Aubameyang was quoted with the following comments about PSG:
I am ready to join a top club, Aubameyang said. PSG? Of course an eventual offer would be really interesting, but I don’t know if they are really tracking me. We will see. In any case it would be nice to play alongside Ibrahimovich. (courtesy of Metro.co.uk)
Aubameyang is familiar with Zlatan Ibrahimovich from their time together at AC Milan. Pairing the top two scorers in Ligue 1 this season would give PSG plenty of firepower.
Aubameyang's speed would play perfectly with Ibra's abilities. The Gabon international has shown how well he can play in a system that has a central striker who can hold up the ball and distribute. The difference in this case would be Ibra is a much better distributor then Brandao and draws more attention from the defense.
Aubameyang would be the benefactor of the attention Ibra receives as it would open up space for him to use his speed to beat defenders. This will benefit Ibra with Aubameyang's ability to setup teammates once he has broken down a defense.
Aubameyang would also solve the problem PSG seems to have when Ibrahimovic is unavailable. Aubameyang's experience as a central striker would allow him to slot into Ibra's spot in his absence.
A combination of his speed and the electric pace of Lucas Moura is another problem opposing squads would have to be prepared for.
While an Aubameyang-Ibrahimovic led attack would be difficult to contain, the chances Saint-Etienne would sell to PSG are less likely then the Blaise Matuidi deal two years ago.
If PSG are interested and come calling for the Saint-Etienne ace, expect the price to be more then the €15 million ASSE is supposedly requiring to begin talks. Such is the cost of doing business with league rivals.