Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s potential move from Borussia Dortmund has been labeled ‘probably imminent’ by German publication Bild, as speculation continues to build over a potential move to Arsenal.
The striker was suspended from the team’s last match after missing a meeting, and it was said that he would return to the squad for their next fixture. However, Bild now report that he did not travel with the rest of the squad to face Hertha Berlin, with a match set for Friday evening.
He has not travelled with the squad… tomorrow more meetings between clubs. He is happy to go. Arsenal expect Dortmund to value him around the €60m figure https://t.co/WZ2m1KbpK8
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 18, 2018
As a result, the German outlet reckon that an exit is very likely to happen, with the Gunners believed to be the destination.
Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc, meanwhile, denied having made contact with Arsenal over Aubameyang, and has branded Wenger ‘disrespectful’ for the comments noted above.
“We regard it as disrespectful that Arsene Wenger expresses himself about players of other clubs,” he said.
Zorc has also dismissed the claims made by Bild, insisting the striker has been training and is not very distracted by the rife reports.
Michael Zorc: “@Aubameyang7 trainiert in Dortmund. Wir haben zurzeit den Eindruck, dass er im Kopf mit anderen Dingen beschäftigt und deshalb nicht voll fokussiert ist. Folgerichtig stellt sich die Frage, ob er uns in Berlin helfen kann.” #bscbvb
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 18, 2018
“Aubameyang trained in Dortmund,” he explained. “Currently, we have the impression that he is employed and therefore not fully focused in mind with other things. Consequently, we wonder if he can help us in Berlin.”
There seems to be quite a bot going on with the Aubameyang saga at the moment, but some closure could be had in the coming days.