After years of being linked with big-money transfers to roughly a dozen of Europe’s biggest clubs, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is finally on the move — only he’s not heading anywhere in Europe.
According to multiple reports from Europe and Asia, the 28-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker is heading Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, for an eye-popping transfer fee of $87 million.
Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke refused to label the reports as false and conceded that “speculation surrounding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will circle for as long as he plays here. We do not comment on that anymore.”
The relationship between player and club has been increasingly strained ever since previous transfers to reap the riches of China failed to materialize. Aubameyang was dropped from the team and did not travel for Dortmund’s game away to Stuttgart in November.