Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke has insisted the club has no intention of moving on reported Real Madrid target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, although he has suggested they’d be willing to negotiate if they were to receive a "good offer."
The forward has been in sensational form at Westfalenstadion over the last couple of campaigns, offering a scintillating threat at the point of the attack. When quizzed on interest, Watzke insisted there aren’t many clubs the forward would be willing to leave Dortmund for, per Bild (h/t AS):
I don't think there are many clubs Aubameyang wants to join. There has been a lot of talk of a move over the past two or three years but he's still at Dortmund.
Everyone has their price in football, no matter who were are talking about. But we're not even thinking about a transfer. If a good offer comes in for him, we'll sit down and discuss it, but that doesn't mean he'll definitely be going. Auba still has a long-term contract.
Per the report, Aubameyang has suggested in the past that he would be keen to don the iconic Blancos jersey. According to a recent piece from Sport Bild (h/t Mario de la Riva of AS), however, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has reservations as to how the Gabon international would fit into his squad.
As these numbers from Squawka Football illustrate, while Aubameyang can be a menace across the front line, he’s developed a predatory instinct in front of goal:
Madrid are synonymous with incisive and direct attacking football, a blueprint within which the striker would surely flourish. Aside from his ability to find space in the area and finish, Aubameyang is lightning fast with the ball at his feet. The prospect of him, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo on the break is tantalising.
However, it’s clear Dortmund are not ready to relinquish their star man quite yet, and given how high the 27-year-old’s stock is, it’s unlikely anything other than a stratospheric sum of money would prise him away from Westfalenstadion.
Madrid Close In on Alexander Isak
According to Marca, Real Madrid are set to complete the capture of AIK’s coveted young forward Alexander Isak.
In the report, it’s stated that the 17-year-old will sign a five-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu despite the club’s transfer embargo for the January transfer window. It means Isak can sign for Madrid but cannot be registered to play until the summer.
Here’s a look at why there is so much buzz about the forward, who has drawn comparisons with compatriot Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
Isak does look to have a bright future. In the early stage of his career, he’s already showcased tremendous physicality, great technical quality and composure when chances are presented to him.
His temperament is excellent too. Per Bleacher Report UK, Isak recently became the youngest goalscorer in his country’s history, netting in a friendly against Slovakia:
Madrid have made a concerted effort to snap up exciting youngsters in recent years, with Martin Odegaard, Jesus Vallejo and Marco Asensio brought in as teenagers. Those tied to the capital club will be hopeful those stars, along with Isak, can form the spine of the XI for years to come.
According to Marca, Isak also had offers on the table from Bayern Munich, Juventus and Chelsea. It’ll be fascinating to see how long it takes for the Swede to make an impact on the senior side at the Bernabeu.