Manchester United in pole position to land Aubameyang

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Manchester United have taken a step closer to actualizing their dream of landing Borussia Dortmund striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

United are expected to gazump Arsenal to the deal as the Gunners may not follow through with their interest with the transfer expected to reach as high as £70million, which would wipe off almost their entire transfer budget for the summer if they choose to go ahead with the deal.

The Gabon international is contracted to Dortmund until the summer of 2020 but it is understood he fancies a move to Old Trafford in the summer.

There still remains the issue of who will be United’s manager next season as Louis van Gaal’s future is still up in the air following their inconsistent run this season, but the club is keen to keep pursuing targets irrespective of the managerial decision they choose to make at the end of the season.

United executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward have spent in excess of £250million on transfers since he replaced David Gill in 2013, with most of the signings failing to live up to expectations, while the others still yet to prove their worth.

There is expected to be a shake-up in their recruitment structure, with the signing of Aubameyang just one of the steps expected to be taken. They could appoint a director of football, and FA technical director Dan Ashworth has been mentioned as a possible candidate to fill that position while Jim Lawlor would be retained as chief scout.

The director of football, if appointed, would be responsible for negotiating deals and plan the club’s recruitment strategy.