Manchester United have moved one step closer to making Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang their key summer signing but may have to pay up to £70million to bring the Borussia Dortmund striker to Old Trafford and hope Real Madrid don’t pursue their interest.
Reported meetings between the United hierarchy last week have established Aubameyang as the No. 1 target for the summer and United are confident they can sign the striker as long as Real Madrid don’t make a bid, which could complicate things for them.
Real Madrid are monitoring potential centre forwards and want to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich but may not be able to prise him from the Bundesliga club, meaning Aubameyang, who has scored 36 goals in 42 appearances would become an alternative.
Aubameyang, it is believed, will remain the key transfer target whether Ryan Giggs or Jose Mourinho take over as manager next season, with sources close to the negotiations having been told that Mourinho will be manager if Louis van Gaal finishes outside the top four, an increasingly-likely prospect.
Aubameyang, French born but a Gabon international, is widely reckoned to the best available centre forward on the market at present, hence United’s determination to secure him next season.
The former English champions are expected to splash the cash once again in the summer, following expensive signings of Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay over the last two summers.