The Gabon international scored 25 goals in 29 Bundesliga games last season, his most prolific return in his 3 seasons as BVB finished second behind Bayern Munich. He was recently dropped for an international friendly with his manager citing the disruption over the player’s future as the reason. That looks to be over now.
It’s been a turbulent summer though for the German club, losing Matts Hummels, 27, to Bayern and Ilkay Gundogan, 25, who was Pep Guardiola’s first signing for City. Dortmund are also resigned to losing Henrik Mkhataryan, 27, to Arsenal after the Armenian international rejected a new contract.
Aubameyang will be City’s most expensive signing beating the £54m fee paid for Kevin De Bruyne with Wilfried Bony, 27, the player expected to make his exit from The Etihad.
Guardiola was able to scout Aubameyang extensively whilst manager at Bayern Munich and is believed to have told Txiki Begiristain, Manchester City’s sporting director, that the player was a pivotal piece of the rebuilding programme needed to make the club genuine title contenders once again.
They faced competition from Manchester United but with their city neighbours failing to qualify for the Champions League, Guardiola had a clear run at securing his prized signing.
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