Borussia Dortmund through their chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has made comments suggesting that star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be allowed to leave the German club once the price is right.
Reports are rife that Arsenal are ready to break the bank to bring in the Gabonese star this January and for Watzke, Dortmund is not a one-man club hence the departure of any player should not be a big deal.
That-nonetheless, Watzke insists that while Dortmund could cope without Aubameyang, they are confident they can keep hold of their players.
“One must never make the mistake to believe that a club like BVB is dependent on a player. We are not dependent on anyone,” he told Bild.
“When Robert Lewandowski left, we found [a solution] and he even has three more goals than Lewa.
“We are now so well positioned that we can offer alternative solutions again and again.
“[The goal is that] our team stays together. We do not have as much money as the top stars in the Premier League, but we have a lot of other things to offer – for example our players were able to celebrate Christmas.”
Watzke also pointed out this isn’t the first time a Dortmund player has been linked with a move away, using the examples of Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan.
He added: “Last year around this time, many journalists wrote that our top players would be gone.
“Hummels was at Manchester United. Gundogan was with [Real] Madrid, Manchester or Barcelona. And where are they now? Still with us!”