After reading the headline you’d be forgiven for thinking Robert Lewandowski, Neymar, Thomas Muller, Or Zlatan Ibrahimovic. But it’s actually Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is leading the scoring charts in Europe’s top five leagues this season, and the Bundesliga side have consequently valued him at £42m (€60m), according to German publication Bild.
With 20 goals in 22 appearances, as well as 14 in just 12 league games so far, Aubameyang is unquestionably in fantastic form. The German report suggests Arsene Wenger is willing to meet Dortmund’s valuation, which would certainly be a massive signal of intent.
The Gabon international would certainly seem like an excellent signing, and appears to have the pace and power needed to thrive in the Premier League. Recent comments suggest we may struggle to lure him to North London though, and even if we did it may not be that easy to keep him.
“One day I’ll leave to play in another league,” he said (via the BBC).
“My dream is to play in Spain.
“After that contract I have this dream to play in Spain. I hope that will happen but when? I don’t know.
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“Lots of people think that the Premier League would good for me but my mum is Spanish and I really have that dream to play over there.
“After that maybe one day the Premier League but for the moment I aim to one day play in Spain.”
It seems he’s determined to forge a move to La Liga, and doesn’t seem willing to consider other options. We may end up being nothing more than a stepping stone for the 26-year-old, which is not what Arsenal want to be known for.
If we were to fork out £42m for him then it’s hard to see us selling him for a profit in the future, as money beyond that is reserved for your Cristiano Ronaldos, your Neymars, your Gareth Bales, and your Luis Suarezes.
It’s possible that acquiring Aubameyang could help guide us to Premier League glory, in which case you could argue that the investment would be worth it. But regardless of whether Wenger is actually willing to splash £42m on the pacy striker, it would seem a big ask to convince him his future doesn’t lie in Spain.
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Securing Aubameyang’s signature would certainly be a superb signing, but for that much money we could arguably invest a little better.
It’s hard to argue with the stats, and he is Europe’s top goalscorer so far this season. But he’s just a few goals ahead of Jamie Vardy, and we’re not likely to be forking out £42m for him anytime soon, are we?