Sam Allardyce has refused to rule out Everton making a shock swoop for Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to FourFourTwo. The report suggests that Everton are targeting the signing of a prolific goal scorer, and the Gabon international forward could be the man to bring more goals to Goodison Park.
It would be quite the coup should the Toffees pull off any deal for Aubameyang, 28, who has been linked with a host of top clubs around Europe in the past. Manchester City have been reportedly interested in the striker’s signature multiple times in previous transfer windows, whilst the likes of Arsenal and Real Madrid have often been linked to the Dortmund star.
The report suggests a fee of £60m would be required to land Aubameyang, a fee which would be a considerable outlay for Everton and would break the club’s transfer record. The big summer spend at Goodison Park in the previous window saw the arrivals of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney in high profile deals.
What has become clear this season is that Everton’s failure to add a top-class striker to the ranks to spearhead their expensively assembled side has cost them. A lack of regular goal scoring form from the likes of Rooney, fellow summer arrival Sandro Ramirez, Oumar Niasse and youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin has left the Toffees short of a true focal point in attack.
Aubameyang, meanwhile, is enjoying another prolific season in the Bundesliga with Dortmund. He currently has 12 goals and two assists to his name, making him the league’s second top scorer this season, behind only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
Dortmund are, however, enduring a highly disappointing campaign by their standards. A disastrous group stage exit from the Champions League, which saw them finish with just two points, is being underscored by their lowly seventh place position in the Bundesliga.
Most recently, Dortmund succumbed to a 2-1 league defeat at home to Werder Bremen on Saturday, following on from their 3-2 defeat away to Real Madrid in the Champions League in midweek.
Aubameyang scored all three of Dortmund’s goals over those two games, but his side’s ultimate inability to compete at the top this season could well see the Gabon hitman seek pastures new in the coming months. He could be just the man to add further spark to Everton’s resurgence under Allardyce.