Every club needs a scapegoat when they take a point in a local derby having been 4 – 0 up at half-time. Borussia Dortmund found theirs in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 28-year-old’s relationship with the club’s hierarchy and fans have deteriorated to such an extent that the Daily Mirror reports Chelsea will be given first refusal on signing the prolific striker in the next transfer window.
Sent off in the 55th minute on Saturday, his dismissal sparked a nightmare collapse from Dortmund as Schalke rallied and scored four times in the remaining thirty-five minutes to take a point in the Ruhr Derby.
It is the latest transgression from the Gabonese striker, who has already been suspended once by the club this season. Despite this, he has 17 goals in 19 appearances, continuing his phenomenal strike-rate from previous seasons. In his last 114 club matches, he has netted 96 goals.
His rebellious streak frightened off a number of suitors but Chelsea are desperate to add depth to their strikeforce. Alvaro Morata has impressed during his first season but his hamstring injury highlighted that the Blues lack back-up to the Spaniard.
Michy Batshuayi failed to find a consistent vein of goalscoring form in his absence, convincing Antonio Conte that the Belgian is not the answer to this problem.
Aubameyang, valued at £70m two summers ago, might be expected to bring Dortmund closer to £100m under normal circumstances. However, such is their desire to offload a disruptive player, it is believed they will be willing to do business at half that amount.