Arsenal FC is believed to have made a substantial bid of £44.6m for Borussia Dortmund’s striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The rumour if confirmed will make him the most expensive signing of manager Arsene Wenger era till date. He had been a long term target of Arsenal and the rumour mills went into overdrive when he missed training earlier this week.
The Gabonese international missed their first session as Dortmund returned from their winter break with a club spokesperson saying he was absent ‘for personal reasons’. It turn out that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was in Abuja, Nigeria for the Glo CAF Awards 2105!
He was nominated along side Yaya Toure and Andre Ayew for the 2015 GLO-CAF Footballer of the year. Aubameyang beat the other two candidates to become GLO CAF Footballer of the year 2015. In a vote of coaches and technical directors of CAF member nations, Aubameyang earned 143 points, with Manchester City midfielder Toure, 32, the runner-up with 136 points.
The 26 years old Aubameyang is the first player from Gabon to win the award.
Ghana and Swansea midfielder Andre Ayew, 26, whose father Abedi Pele was also in attendance was third with 112 points. Toure, who had won the award in each of the previous four years, led his country to the Africa Cup of Nations title in February, but narrowly missed out of 5th successive crown.
Aubameyang is the Bundesliga’s leading scorer so far this season, with 18 goals in 17 league games is also believed to be on the radar of under-pressure Louis Van Gaal of Manchester United. The 26-year-old French-born scorer signed a contract extension at Dortmund in the summer until 2020 and declared his happiness at the Westfalenstadion.
“I’m absolutely delighted that the next years of my career will be spent at Borussia Dortmund. I feel very happy at the club, in this team and in this city. BVB has become like a second home to me. Every part of me wants to be here and I have never wanted to leave,” he said at the time.
It is not clear if the German Club will be able to hold on to their in-form striker for much longer. Some of his team mates seem to have resign to losing him to the Premier League when they express their hope that “he’ll stay”.