Hans-Joachim Watzke, the Borussia Dortmund CEO, has said that AC Milan lacks “respect” for the Bundesliga club in their attempts to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Earlier in the week Dortmund effectively ruled out all chance of a transfer for Aubameyang this summer. He was previously reportedly available for €70 million.
Speaking afterwards Watzke said, “The situation was clear. We had agreed a date [with Aubameyang and his agents], and we are already past it now. There is no dissent. I think that we’ve already made a huge step towards the player because of his merits for the club and because he’s an extraordinary likeable guy. We left the window open for eight weeks.”
Aubameyang ended last season as the Bundesliga’s top scorer with 31 goals. However, no club managed to come up with an offer for him that suited all parties.
Watzke wouldn’t confirm whether Dortmund had received any offers for the player but he said that a transfer could “not to be realised within the parameters set by all beforehand.”
Aubameyang had been linked with a number of top clubs over the past few weeks including PSG and Chelsea as well as Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.
Just last week Milan said that they were looking to sign Aubameyang, a statement that Watzke didn’t want made public.
He said, “”At one point, Borussia Dortmund needed planning security. And in spite of that it can’t be that sporting directors of other clubs say in public that they would also like to sign him, like it happened with AC Milan. That’s no sign of respect. And thus, it was time to make a statement.”
It is not impossible that a club will manage to sign Aubameyang this summer, but, as Watzke said, “It’s our clear goal Aubameyang plays for us this season.”