Aubameyang camp fly to Manchester for talks as £60million chase hots up - reports
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester City’s sensational bid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took a step further with a meeting at the club on Wednesday, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on Tuesday evening that City were in advanced talks to sign the £60million Borussia Dortmund striker.
It was then claimed on independent Twitter account City Watch that the representatives of Aubameyang were at the Premier League club’s headquarters earlier on Wednesday.
It is said that negotiations took place at the state-of-the-art City football academy, which was opened to wide acclaim in December 2014.
Aubameyang’s representatives were at the CFA today. [@bluemoon_mcfc]
— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 7, 2016
The reigning African Player of the Year has been targeted by new City manager Pep Guardiola as he steps up plans to strengthen the squad.
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Sky Italy claim Aubameyang is a priority target of Guardiola and the 2012 and 2014 Premier League champions.
Transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, who works for Sky Italy, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening that City are “getting close” to agreeing a deal with the player.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) June 7, 2016
Aubameyang, 26, has had an outstanding season for Borussia Dortmund, scoring 25 goals in 31 Bundesliga matches and 39 in 49 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Since joining Dortmund from Saint-Etienne in 2013, the prolific striker has struck 80 times in 143 matches for the German club to become one of the most sought-after front men in the world.
It is said that Aubameyang figures prominently on the the shortlist of priority transfer targets that Guardiola has handed to the club.
City completed the signing of Ilkay Gundogan from Borussia Dortmund for £21.6million last week and are also in advanced talks to land defender Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao.
In other Manchester City news, West Ham have attempted to hijack Tottenham’s attempt to sign the ‘new David Silva’.