Newcastle were after Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – then at French club Saint Etienne – eighteen months ago – and he was an initial target for Newcastle last summer, until it became clear that bigger clubs than Newcastle were interested in him – which seems not unlike some of our striker targets this summer too – and that could be a bad omen.
Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – at Borussia Dortmund
But Pierre finally signed for top German club Borussia Dortmund, who were losing Champions League finalists last year, after he had scored 21 goals in 44 appearances for his French club in his previous season, and over his three seasons at Saint Etienne he scored 41 goals in 96 appearances, which is not too bad at all.
And there are reports coming out of France today that Dortmund are willing to sell their Gabon striker if the price is right – after he scored 16 goals in 37 appearances for Dortmund last season, but was often used a substitute for the German side.
Pierre will turn 25 later this month, and his transfer fee last summer was undisclosed, but thought to be around £10M and his wages will be high at Dortmund too.
This is what Borussia Dortmund’s Sporting Director Michael Zorc said last July, after the club had just signed him:
“He is offensively very versatile, has a lot of pace in his game, is a threat in front of goal and will provide us with more options.”
Certainly the player has speed and is very mobile, not unlike Loic Remy who had an excellent season for us last term – but wants to move to a bigger and more ambitious club than Newcastle United – and it seems he will sign for either Arsenal or Tottenham.
The news being reported is that Pierre could be available for as little as €8M (£6.5M) this summer, and that’s a really low price for such a good player, so Newcastle will be interested – but how well did he play in the tough German league last season is a question that needs to be answered.
And why are Borussia Dortmund so keen to let him go, after serving only one year of his five year deal in Germany?
Newcastle seem to have been embarrassingly poor in the transfer market so far this summer – at least for our top targets – and the selling clubs are starting to realize how we conduct our business – we try to get the very lowest transfer fee possible, and then walk away if we cannot get a really good deal.
If Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is anywhere near as good as he was last summer, then Newcastle should move in and sign him quickly – and when we bid – we should bid a decent price so it doesn’t upset one of the top clubs in Europe.
What do you think?