Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has announced that he will leave Borussia Dortmund in the summer, for what could be a world record fee.
The 27-year-old Aubameyang has returned to Germany following his country’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations.
“If I want to go to the next level, I need to leave in summer,” Aubameyang told Radio RMC.
“But we must see the proposals and if I’m going to play.
“Real Madrid remains a dream of mine, but there has been too much noise.
“I have an important choice to make. Many people would like to see me in the English Premier League.
“It’s not necessarily the championship that attracts me the most, but it could permit me to take the next step.
“I like La Liga a lot. Paris is also an attraction. France would not be my first option, but it’s unimaginable. French is of course my first language.”
Aubameyang has been one of the best stikers in Europe over the last two seasons. Last year he socred 30 golas for Dortmund and this season he has scored 20 times for BVB in 23 games.
BVB officials were again left frustrated with his decision-making later in the month, when he headed to party again with French rapper Maître Gims, after Tuchel had been heavily-critical about a lack of focus among his young side.
There has been a growing resignation in the North Rhine that this would be Aubameyang’s final season with the club, and that is partly why they jumped in so quickly to beat Real Madrid to the signature of Alexander Isak.
The Swedish starlet has joined the club this month, to acclimatize to life in Germany before potentially stepping into the breach, should Aubameyang get his wish when the season ends.
Aubameyang’s desire to join Real Madrid could be matched by the Spanish giants, if they elect to part company with Karim Benzema in the summer.
However Pep Guardiola is also a long-time admirer of the striker and is keen on bringing him to the Premier League with Manchester City.
Any deal taking him from the German side would certainly be a club record sale for BVB, with £65million a base figure for any potential deal.
However, Aubameyang has no interest in switching to China:
“It’s not an objective of mine to go there. Certainly not now. I can rule that out completely for the moment.”