There are reports in France tonight that Newcastle’s top transfer target, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, turned down other clubs, including Newcastle, to join European Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, and it seems St. Etienne accepted less money from Dortmund than other clubs had offered for the striker.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – chose Dortmund
The news is in But! Football club, which reports on French football and their report is here, and this is the translation via Google Translate:
“ASSE – Why the club has refused better deals for Aubameyang”
“We have known since Thursday, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will wear the jersey of Borussia Dortmund next season. The club finalist of the last Champions League has spent € 13M (€ 2M bonus) to secure the services of the International Gabon.”
“In doing so, leaders St. Etienne kept their word: they had indeed promised to let PEA choose his destination, from the moment the offer was made. The 23 year-old has favored the sporting challenge at Dortmund and ASSE has turned its back on proposals from Anzhi Makhachkala, Rubin Kazan or Newcastle.”
So it seems it was the player’s choice to go to Borussia Dortmund, and that AS St. Etienne (ASSE) seem to have accepted less money than was bid by other clubs, in order that their player could choose the club he wanted to join.
And this will also explain why Newcastle are supposed to have offered up to £15M for the Gabon International early last week.
The fact that the German club was Aubameyang’s first choice was probably one reason the deal was tied up so quickly once Dortmund got the all clear to move in.
It is not dissimilar to what happened last summer when our top striker target then – FC Twente’s Luuk de Jong – chose another German club, Borussia Monchengladbach over Newcastle.
This news is a little strange, because we thought Pierre-Emerick wanted to play in the Premier League, but we suppose not – and he’s another one that got away.
But it’s a blow to Newcastle’s transfer plans this summer that we have missed out on our top striker target for the third transfer window running.
What do you think?
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