By Emma Sanders
Arsenal had an £80.1million bid turned down for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the summer, according to Italian agent Vincenzo Morabito.
Goal reports the agent enquired about the Borussia Dortmund forward on behalf of Napoli and found out the club had already turned away a bid from Arsenal.
“I know that this summer, Arsenal offered €90million (£80million) for Aubameyang, but Borussia didn’t want to hear anything about it,” Morabito told Italian station Radio CRC, as cited by Goal.
“Some time ago, I called Michael Zorc, Dortmund’s director of football, to talk about Aubameyang [on behalf of Napoli] But the ‘no’ was absolutely categorical.”
Morabito is believed to have shown an interest in the forward after Napoli sold their star striker, Gonzalo Higuain, to Juventus for £76 million.
Aubameyang is believed to have been in the interests of a number of top European club, including Arsenal, but Dortmund were unwilling to let the forward go.
The Gabon international scored 39 goals for Dortmund last season and was widely linked with a move to Real Madrid among several other clubs.
He has been in excellent form again this season and returned to the starting XI to score four goals in Dortmund’s 5-2 victory against Hamburg on Saturday.
Aubameyang has now scored 14 goals in as many games, including 11 in just nine league games – though he was forced to sit out Dortmund’s Champions League victory against Sporting Lisbon due to an “internal club suspension.”
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