Real Madrid Transfer News: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski Latest

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2016

Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Europa League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund in London, Great Britain, Thursday, March 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Real Madrid have suffered blows in their reported pursuits of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, with both looking set to stay at their current clubs. 

Aubameyang, in an interview with Kicker (h/t Dom Farrell of Goal), spoke of his affection for Dortmund, and while conceding he would love to don the Los Blancos colours, the striker revealed he’d have no problem remaining at the Westfalenstadion for the time being:

Dortmund is a city which is totally crazy about football. In the last years, we have the highest average attendance in Europe. The city is safe and my family feels at home.

I've never made a secret of [the fact] I would someday like to play for Real Madrid, but I also have not extended my contract at BVB until 2020 without a reason. I feel very good here.

Dortmund's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) celebrates after his goal beside Augsburg's Swiss goalkeeper Marwin Hitz during the German Cup DFB Pokal third round match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg in Augsburg on December 16, 2015
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It had been reported by AS’ Joaquin Maroto that the capital club had already agreed a deal with the Gabon striker, although not with Dortmund. In the piece it’s suggested BVB will hold out for a fee of €100 million for Aubameyang.

And not without reason; the striker has been magnificent so far this term. Here is a reminder of some of his best moments so far:

You could certainly see the African Footballer of the Year fitting in at the Santiago Bernabeu. The style of football Real have long been associated with is about moving the ball quickly, getting players with pace in possession and stretching teams with scintillating counter-attacking football. Aubameyang is tailor made for that.

It’s why he’s performed so well under Thomas Tuchel this term, who has continued the nurturing process put in place by his former manager Jurgen Klopp. Aubameyang is now more efficient when he has the ball, whether laying off to team-mates or finishing chances himself.

Aubameyang has made major improvements under Tuchel.
Aubameyang has made major improvements under Tuchel.VI-Images/Getty Images

Goal’s Harry Sherlock was impressed with the forward when he featured against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Europa League earlier this term, scoring three goals across the two legs:

The Bundesliga’s other top forward is Lewandowski and, according to Bild (h/t David F. Sanchidrian of AS), he’s agreed a new two-year contract with Bayern Munich that’ll see him stay at the club until 2021, much to the disappointment of Los Blancos.

“Lewandowski didn't have the best of relationships with [Pep] Guardiola and Real Madrid and his agent tried to persuade Bayern to come to some kind of deal,” wrote Sanchidrian. “But with Guardiola set to take over at Manchester City and Ancelotti stepping into the coach's role at Bayern, it was enough to make the player have a change of heart.”

Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski reacts during the UEFA Champions League, Round of 16, second leg football match FC Bayern Munich v Juventus in Munich, southern Germany on March 16, 2016. / AFP / TOBIAS SCHWARZ        (Photo credit should
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This term the only player to have netted more goals in the German top flight than Aubameyang is Lewandowski. Here’s how those two compare statistically with Real’s own star centre-forward, Karim Benzema:

Striker Comparison: Lewandowski, Aubameyang, Benzema
LewandowskiAubameyangBenzema
Apps (Sub)23 (3)2520 (1)
Goals252220
Assists153
Shots per game5.23.93.7
Key passes per game0.711.5
Dribbles per game1.30.40.8
Dispossessed per game1.61.11.2
WhoScored.com

The Bayern man is a completely different type of forward to Aubameyang. He may not have searing pace, but Lewandowski has pretty much everything else; the Poland international is powerful, balanced, technical and can score all different kinds of goals. It’s little wonder that it was a “dream” of Real’s to get him on board, according to Sanchidrian.

As Bleacher Report’s Clark Whitney noted, a fair portion of the 27-year-old’s goals have been vital ones too:

Reports of this extension means Real will surely have to turn elsewhere in their hunt for a new centre-forward. It’s a position which Benzema is the only natural fit for in this squad, and manager Zinedine Zidane will want someone to come in and put pressure on the underrated Frenchman.

Aubameyang would be ideal and offer a refreshing threat at the point of this team. If a pre-contract has been agreed, that’d be a big boost in getting a deal over the line. However, the player has insisted he’s happy at the Westfalenstadion.