Football: Dortmund deny contact with Arsenal for Aubameyang

Aubameyang (above) has already scored 21 goals in 23 games this season.
Aubameyang (above) has already scored 21 goals in 23 games this season.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Borussia Dortmund said Thursday (Jan 18) they have had no contact with Arsenal amidst reports their star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is chasing a move to the Premier League giants.

Aubameyang's father and agent Pierre has reportedly been in London this week to negotiate a transfer for the Gabon hot-shot.

According to German magazine Kicker, Dortmund want 70 million euros (S$110 million) for last season's top-scorer in the German league.

Aubameyang has already scored 21 goals in 23 games this season, but was disciplined by the club last Sunday for the third time in 16 months after failing to attend a team meeting.

On Thursday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised Aubameyang's 'strong character', which did not go down well with Dortmund's sports director Michael Zorc.

"We find it respectless to talk about a player from another club," said Zorc, who added that Aubameyang has this week 'trained well and is focused' on regaining his Dortmund place.

"There has been no contact with Arsenal and we assume Arsene Wenger has enough to do worrying about the performances of his own players." Aubameyang had a contract at Dortmund until 2021.

It remains to be seen whether he is named in the starting side for Friday's Bundesliga clash at Hertha Berlin.

Swedish teenager Alexander Isak, 18, made only his third German league appearance when he took Aubameyang's place for last Sunday's goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg, but the team struggled to finish their chances.

"He is definitely an option," head coach Peter Stoeger said of Aubameyang.

"He could play, but it is obvious that he has to put his foot down in training and show up well.

"He can decide for himself, with his attitude, whether he will be considered and I plan on using him, if he works hard."