Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is said to be interested in bringing his former player, superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, to Anfield this summer.
...Well, of course he is.
Aubameyang is one of the best in Europe at putting the ball in the back of the net, a skillset which Liverpool players have been lacking so far in 2017. The Gabon international was brought to Dortmund by Klopp in 2013, making the manager uniquely capable of capitalizing on Aubameyang’s abilities on the pitch.
The “how” is where this rumour gets a bit sticky. The apparent bid is said to be somewhere around £40m, a good chunk of change, but nowhere near the going rate for someone of Aubameyang’s quality. The 27-year-old will still have three years on his contract come the summer, so it’s unlikely that Dortmund would let him go without a fight.
In order to fund this swoop, FSG are said to be planning to sell out of favor striker Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge has dropped out of Klopp’s preferred starting XI, and hasn’t performed well when given the opportunity, either starting or off the bench. West Ham are said to be interested in acquiring his talents, because one former Liverpool-player and England-born striker who misses half the season with injury isn’t enough for them.
But hey, if this rumour wants to gain legs, I don’t think anyone would be too upset about it. Even if you’re not fond of the player himself, imagine how amusing it will be to see Liverpool fans try to correctly spell “Buy Aubameyang” in their tweets to John Henry.