It is another dirty chapter in this year’s summer transfer period. The fight between Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Borussia Dortmund goes into the next round. Both players wish to leave the club this summer, Dortmund however insists on their current contract with both players.
By Benedict Mansuet Steininger.
The 20 year old Ousmane Dembele, currently playing for Dortmund arrived exactly one year ago at the Bundesliga club. Evolving to one of the best players in the last season, Dembele received an offer by the FC Barcelona who are currently seeking a replacement for the Brazilian winger Neymar, who left towards Paris Saint-Germain. Barcelona handed in a 130 million bid for Dembele including additional payments in the coming years. Dortmund however refuses the offer wanting at least 130 million euros in advance with additional payments raising the price to at least 150 million euros.
As a result to that, tensions broke out between Borussia Dortmund and the French, leading to Dembele not attending the training unexcused before the important DFB-Pokal match. Dortmund then reacted by suspending Dembele from the training. The French national player however seems sincerely upset after witnessing this decision. Instead of attending single training, Dembele completely refuses to visit Dortmund’s training ground. Wether Dembele will be able to leave Dortmund towards the Catalan city is still unsure as the French winger still has a contract until 2021.
Aubameyang however, sustains in a problematic situation since the last transfer period in which he has been linked to many different clubs including various teams out of the Chinese Super League. This time however, the Gabonese striker has been connected once again to the newly rich club AC Milan. In a video on a social media platform, Aubameyang states once more his transfer wishes, stating “he wants to leave off to his former club which although takes its time to hand in an official offer”. Even though Aubameyang still attends training and performs well in games, Manager Hans-Joachim Watzke won’t be amused by another opened-up chapter of the Aubameyang transfer drama. The Gabonese started his career at AC Milan in Italy in which he had to go through a hard time, being loaned out numerous of times before finding his breakthrough at Saint-Etienne and then moving to Dortmund.
Wether both players will leave Dortmund this summer lies in the stars as Dembele just arrived last season whilst Aubameyang exceeded his by the club given transfer time. Dortmund clearly hangs on to both players as they are a substantial part of their offensive axes. However in order to find replacements the Borussia will have to react quickly.