Borussia Dortmund's general director, Hans-Joachim Watzke, has said star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would "think about" a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid if they were to make an offer for him.
The Gabon international has shone at Westfalenstadion 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 is confident of keeping Aubameyang, he conceded Real and Barca carry a certain gravitas.
"I think he will stay with us," Watzke told Sport1 show Doppelpass (h/t EP, via AS). "But if Real Madrid or Barcelona come along with an offer, maybe he'll think about it. 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 toward 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 last term and that tally already matched before Easter this season, now he does.
Here's a look at some of his best moments from the 2016-17 season in a Dortmund jersey:
Any notion that Aubameyang was going to be a one-season wonder has been dispelled this term.
After losing Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of the campaign, 2016-17 was always going to be a season 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. After all, as these numbers from Squawka Football show, his goalscoring record is as good as anyone's in the continent's top five leagues:
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Most non-penalty goals in Europe's top 5 leagues 2016/17: P. Aubameyang (24) L. Suarez (24) R. Lukaku A. Belotti L. Messi E. Dzeko (all 23) https://t.co/ypaxzpPF6a2017-4-9 22:33:00
So talented is Aubameyang he could do a fine job for either Barcelona or Real Madrid; it'd be fascinating to see how he'd fit into either XI, as each of the La Liga giants has a formidable forward line.
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. Aubameyang has spoken about his desire to play for Los Blancos too, revealing last year that he'd promised his grandfather he'd line up for them in the future, per beIN Sports (h/t MailOnline's John Downes).
Barcelona have arguably the most dangerous front three in world football at their disposal in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar. If Aubameyang could be integrated into the team alongside that threesome, the Blaugrana would be an even more irresistible force.
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