Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has dominated the back page headlines in recent weeks.
The Dortmund striker has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Arsenal this month, with reported bids of around £50 million seemingly rejected by the Bundesliga club.
But amidst all of the recent speculation, Aubameyang made a surprise return to BVB’s starting line-up in their league clash with Freiburg this afternoon.
The Gabon international hasn’t played for the side since December 16, but was given a run out by manager Peter Stoger in Saturday’s match.
But it looks like the 28-year-old is pretty much on his way out, after angering the club’s fans when he was photographed playing a five-a-side match with friends (while wearing an old Ousmane Dembele shirt, no less) last week, while Dortmund were in action against Hertha Berlin.
And in today’s game, the fans made their feelings very clear by unveiling a huge banner in the stands, that read: “No player is bigger than the club.”
Ahead of today’s game – which finished 2-2 thanks to a late goal from Dortmund’s Jeremy Toljan – the club’s Sporting Director Michael Zorc spoke about the ongoing Aubameyang-saga.
He said: “We are prepared to implement a transfer under certain parameters – but only if these parameters are fully met.
“Arsenal has started several attempts so far – we have all rejected so far.
“Either our demands are fulfilled, then there can be another transfer or else they will not be fulfilled and Auba will play in Dortmund until the summer, so it is also discussed and accepted by the Aubameyang family.”
Your move, Arsene.
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