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16 July 2017

Borussia Dortmund tell Chelsea it’s now or never to sign £70m Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

STAMFORD BRIDGE boss Antonio Conte is ready to pay £65million for the Gabon international striker after Manchester United pipped him to Everton and former Blues frontman Romelu Lukaku.

Gabon international Aubameyang hit 40 goals in 46 games for his German club last season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Borussia Dortmund this summer with Chelsea desperate to sign a new striker
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Borussia Dortmund this summer with Chelsea desperate to sign a new striker
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in pre-season action for Borussia Dortmund already this season
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in pre-season action for Borussia Dortmund already this season
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But Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke insisted they will not let the 28-year-old leave unless they receive an acceptable offer in the next week.

Watzke said: “We have told Auba: ‘If you want to move somewhere, and you have a club willing to meet out demands, then come to us and we’ll talk.’

“But this will only apply within a certain time window, which is slowly closing.

“We would clearly need to get a replacement for him, which is difficult to impossible in any event.

“We will wait for a couple more days, but not for much longer.  There are no offers on the table for him so far.

“Personally I would prefer him to stay with us.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a favourite among Borussia Dortmund fans for his acrobatic celebrations
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a favourite among Borussia Dortmund fans for his acrobatic celebrations
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped fire Thomas Tuchels side to the German Cup last season before the manager was sacked
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang helped fire Thomas Tuchel’s side to the German Cup last season before the manager was sacked
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Aubameyang scored 42 goals in all competitions last season
Aubameyang scored 42 goals in all competitions last season
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“But there are a few clubs on this planet where he could clearly earn more money.”

AC Milan, where France-born Aubameyang first made his name, are also interested in signing the 55-cap international.

Meanwhile Paris Saint-Germain and wealthy Chinese outfit Tianjin Quanjian have cooled their interest in Aubameyang faced with his hefty price tag.

He has been a prolific scorer since joining the Bundesliga club from Saint Etienne in 2013.


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