Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans Joachim Watzke has warned Premier League teams that Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is not for sale.
Aubameyang has scored 22 goals in the Bundesliga this season and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Westfalenstadion as a result, with Manchester United one of a number of teams said to be interested.
However, Watzke made it clear the that the Gabon striker will not be leaving Dortmund anytime soon.
“The position is clear. Auba plays for Borussia Dortmund and the next years he will play at Borussia Dortmund,” Watzke said.
“It is no question. There is no get-out clause. Money is a thing that can solve all other things. But it’s not realistic.
“Clubs of the Premier League have a lot of money. But so much as to get Aubameyang? It’s a little bit difficult. It’s not a question of money. We have money. We have no Sheikh. No Roman Abramovich.
“But we have money. We don’t need money. We need success in playing football.”
Watzke’s comments would appear to put an end to the transfer speculation but he was never going to risk upsetting Dortmund fans by hinting that they could sell Aubameyang.
He will be aware that every player has their price and, if rumours are to be believed, United will have plenty to spend in the summer. It will be interesting to see who, if anyone, United have lined up, particularly amid the uncertainty surrounding Louis van Gaal’s position at Old Trafford.