The Chinese Super League revolution shows no sign of slowing down – and reports in Italy suggest they are now looking to break the world transfer record to sign Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
According to a report in Gazzetto Dello Sport on Wednesday, Shanghai SIPG have offered the Bundesliga side a staggering €150m to secure the forward’s services, destroying the €105m figure Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba in August, with a further offer to make him the highest-paid player in the world.
BOOM! AUBAMEYANG HAS RECEIVED AN OFFER OF 41m€ PER YEAR FROM SHANGHAI, AND 150m€ FOR BORUSSIA DORTMUND, BOTH WOULD BEAT WORLD RECORDS!
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 4, 2017
Carlos Tevez currently has that honour having secured a €38m per annum deal with Shanghai Shenhua recently, but the deal from SIPG would be worth roughly €40m per year (or just under €800,000 per week) to Aubameyang.
The Gabonese international has been in typically lethal form for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season – scoring 16 goals in 15 league games – even though the team itself has been struggling to stay in the title race.
The CSL made began to make waves around this time last season as clubs from the league signed the likes of Ramires, Jackson Martínez and Alex Teixeira, and continued that with the acquisition of Hulk in the summer.
However, they seemed to have stepped it up another gear in this transfer window, and having already secured deals for Tevez, Oscar and Axel Witsel, they now have their eyes firmly set on securing other high-quality, big-money targets.
Indeed, were Aubameyang and Dortmund to accept the offer, then Hulk and Oscar would become his new teammates, under the management of Andre Villas-Boas.
Of course there is absolutely no guarantee that they will be successful, assuming there is some degree of truth to the reports, in luring Aubameyang from Dortmund, or indeed from Europe.
The 27-year-old has made no secret of his desire to play at the highest level for as long as possible, and regularly courts attention from Real Madrid and Manchester City, so in that regard even the attraction of over a quarter of a million euro per week may not be enough to tempt him.