- Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be in-demand this year
- The striker has scored 37 goals in all competitions this season for Dortmund
- Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian are set to sign a player from Europe
- Aubameyang is reportedly being offered £430,000-a-week to make the switch
Glen Williams For Mailonline
Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, who have revealed they are set to bring in a player from Europe this summer, have refused to rule out signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
Aubameyang is one of Europe’s most wanted men after another stellar season, scoring 29 goals in the Bundesliga and 37 in all competitions.
Dortmund will be inundated with interest from some of the continent’s elite this summer, but the reported £430,000-a-week wages from China may persuade the Gabonese to leave for Asia.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a reported target for Chinese Super League’s Tianjin Quanjin
The striker has scored 37 goals in all competitions this season for the German outfit
Tianjin Quanjian, managed by Fabio Cannavaro, were deliberately evasive when addressing the potential transfer.
‘Basically, a decision on which player we are going to buy in the summer has been made. And we have secured a verbal agreement with the player as well as his club,’ chairman Shu Yuhui said.
‘We have not signed a formal contract yet, and I will not reveal the player’s name during the sensitive period.
‘The club have once got the short end of the stick after our transfer target was exposed ahead of time. So we won’t say his name.’
Playing for Real Madrid would be ‘a dream’ and leaving Dortmund is a must if he is to progress
Real Madrid legend and 2006 Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro manages Tianjin Quanjin
Aubameyang believes if he is to progress to the next level he must leave Dortmund, and playing for Real Madrid would be ‘a dream’.
But It is no secret the Chinese Super League boasts huge financial clout, which has lured stars to China in big-money deals.
And Tianjin Quanjian plan to continue their growth policy by cherry-picking household names from Europe this summer.
‘We will get [at least] one, but two [signings from Europe] is also possible,’ Yuhui continued.
‘Buying a world-class centre forward is a no-brainer, but a winger is in our plan too. The dust has not settled yet, but we are close to reaching a deal [with the winger].’
Aubameyang has been linked with a host of top clubs in Europe including Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United.
But Tianjin Quanjian will need all the firepower they can get – sitting ninth in the table with 10 games played and scoring only nine goals so far this campaign.