Our resident Newcastle United fans haven’t had much to shout about this season and they have been left further disappointed after a shock story from today’s press.
The Chronicle Live have reported that the Magpies could have signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in 2013, which would have been a sensational signing.
Valued at around £60 million by his current club Borussia Dortmund, the Gabonese striker has attracted the interests of a whole host of European powerhouses, including Arsenal, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Yet reports suggest that, had his former club Saint-Étienne sold to their preferred destination, he could have been a Newcastle player.
It has been confirmed that the North East outfit matched Borussia Dortmund’s offer, with Saint-Étienne preferring to sell him to England as the offer was better than the one proposed from Germany.
But current African Player of the Year Aubameyang opted to join Bundesliga outfit Dortmund, who were under Jurgen Klopp, instead. Aubameyang said to L’Equipe:
“I received an offer (in 2012) from Qatar of 10m euros a year and if I had accepted, then my family would have been set up for life. Instead we chose to stay at St Etienne, where I got 70,000 Euros per month, knowing that with my ability, I could earn money later.”
“The following season, St Etienne wanted to sell me to Newcastle but we opted for Dortmund, finalist in the Champions League because my father studied Jurgen Klopp’s game, even though the money was lower.”
Newcastle fans, do you think that Aubameyang would have been successful at St James Park? Let us know in the comments below!