Borussia Dortmund have named their minimum price for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a player reportedly on the summer wish-list of several Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Manchester City and even potentially new champions Chelsea.
But even if a suitor is willing to pay the money, they have to do it quickly because Dortmund will apparently only consider offers if they are made before the end of next month.
“We listen to other clubs when they are prepared to express their high appreciation [for Auba] in a financial way,” chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke is quoted as saying by SportBild.
“If an official bid were to reach more than €70m, the price given by BVB, it would have to be considered. This has not happened so far.”
SportBild notes that Dortmund begin a pre-season training camp in Switzerland on 26th July. If Aubameyang’s asking price has not been met by then, no more offers will be considered and he will be remaining a Dortmund player until at least the end of the season.
The Gabonese international is under contract until 2020, so there is no pressure to sell.
In the event that the asking price is met and Aubameyang is sold before Dortmund’s deadline, the Bundesliga side are tipped to spend between €20m and €30m on a lower profile replacement – potentially Andrej Kramaric from Hoffenheim or Lucas Alario from River Plate.
After Paris Saint-Germain pulled out of what seemed like an inevitable move for Aubameyang, supposedly to pursue Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe, it remains to be seen where the 28-year-old would go if he really is to leave Dortmund.
Manchester City have been reported to be interested, while the Daily Mail points at Chelsea.
Liverpool fans are hoping their club will pull out all the stops. That would mean a reunion for Aubameyang and Jurgen Klopp, although it has been rumoured in recent days that, if anything, their strained past relationship is more likely to be a deal breaker than an incentive.
Aubameyang only really flourished at Dortmund after Klopp left in 2015, scoring twice as many goals in virtually the same number of game for successor Thomas Tuchel.