Borussia Dortmund have reportedly informed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that he will not be allowed to leave the club this summer.
Aubameyang, who scored 31 league goals in 32 games last season and won the Bundesliga golden boot had been expected to move to either China, the Premier League or Milan in Serie A but he has been told that he will continue his career in Dortmund.
Dortmund, who finished third in the Bundesliga table last season had allegedly gave him a deadline for him to complete a move beforehand, and that with the deadline now passed club officials will move to restrict any possibility of a deal to sign their player.
The Dortmund CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said on Sunday that they had given the 28-year-old, who joined Dortmund in 2013, “a few days” to make his mind up and the German magazine Kicker reported on Tuesday that the deadline has now passed.
“The timing was decisive in the end,” Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc added. “We have decided that “Auba” will stay with Borussia Dortmund. The transfer window is closed as far as he is concerned.”
Chelsea were mooted as possible suitors despite the fact that they need to find a replacement for the departing Diego Costa. The Blues never submitted a formal bid to Dortmund and their priority is still understood to be Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
Aubameyang, incidentally, faced Milan, one of the clubs interested in signing him, in a pre-season tour of China and scored twice in a 3-1 win.
The new Borussia Dortmund coach, Peter Bosz, said after the game: “I am glad that he is in my team. Aubameyang was fantastic today. He played just the way we want him to play.”