When Jurgen Klopp took on the managerial job at Liverpool, he said that he would not raid his former club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) and would not try to sign any of his former players. It made sense at the time for two reasons.
First off, Dortmund was a bigger club than Liverpool in this particular moment of time, when Klopp came to Anfiled. They have been playing in the Champions League and trying to compete Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title. The second reason for Klopp not to try to sign any Borussia Dortmund players was that, the Dortmund have just hired a new manager in the like of Thomas Tuchel and he has been promised that the BVB would keep their best players for another season.
However, it is all different this summer as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has publicly expressed his desire to be leave Dortmund in search for a new challenge. He has scored 120 goals in 189 appearances for BVB since joining the club.
We’d say that the credibility of certain football transfer news depends very much on the media that published it. A “news” published in any of the tabloids, most likely means that it is rather a rumor then a real story. However, if it is published in a media like Eurosport, it probably has something to do with the truth.
So when Eurosport, a media company that broadcasts the German Bundesliga and employs reporters, who are supposed to be well-informed and to have a good connections in the German football, says that “Liverpool are apparently willing to break their transfer record by offering £61m to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund”, we’d pay attention to the news.
ComeOnLads (COL) has recently published a story about Aubameyang moving to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) titled “Aubameyang, James & more. PSG keep their stars, buy big?“. It has suggested that PSG would become a stronger contender for the Champions League title next season if they sign the likes of James Rodriguez and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. However, PSG haven’t made a move for the French-born Gabonese striker and the French media reported that the club dropped their interest in him.
Eurosport projects that Aubameyang will stay at Dortmund!
It is not news that Klopp is a bid admirer of the super-fast Gabonese, who is literally a goalscoring machine. However, the Eurosport’s sport reporter Johannes Mittermeier (MittermeierSportblog) projects that it is very likely that Aubameyang will keep playing at Dortmund, for at least another year. He adds that it is believed that PSG and few Chinese clubs have lost interest to sign him. One of the reasons is the very high transfer fee for the 28-year-old player, who has contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2020.
Mittermeier says “Personally, I was very sure he would be leaving and playing in France next season. However, his options have been decreasing. Milan could be one for Aubameyang – and allegedly Liverpool with his former Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, who worked with the player between 2013 to 2015”. The German reporter add that BVB’s chances to keep the player for another season have recently improved and in his opinion “Liverpool is the only other reasonable possibility if he moves because of Champions League football”.
Aubameyang would be a great addition to the Liverpool squad. However, if Reds sign him this would mean that they will need to sell Daniel Sturridge, as it is not realistic a striker like Sturridge to play a supplemental role in the Liverpool team. In an article “Do Liverpool really need Salah?” COL offers Pros and Cons on the possible transfer of Mohamed Salah to Liverpool. Bringing Salah or Aubumeyang to Anfield (or both of them) means that the current Liverpool strikers would get less game time next season.
A player like Daniel Sturridge for example, could form a great partnership with any other top striker. In season 2013/2014 Sturridge (24 goals) has proven his quality when he played with Luis Suares (31 goals) in the Liverpool’s attack. He would probably form another super-scoring duo with Aubameyang, but at the end of the day it is all about Jurgen Klopp’s view on how Liverpool would play next season.