5 strikers Man United should target if they can’t get Griezmann (Part 5)

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang


5 of 5. PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG(Borussia Dortmund)

Aubameyang has developed into one of the deadliest and most coveted strikers on the planet

Averaging a goal a game in the Bundesliga this term, Borussia Dortmund’s Aubameyang is in the form of his life.

The Gabonese forward joined BVB from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2013 having spent the majority of his career as a winger – but when Robert Lewandowski jumped ship to join rivals Bayern Munich in 2014, Aubemeyang was trusted by Jurgen Klopp to replace the Polish hitman through the middle.

With 105 goals from 173 appearances in just over three-and-a-half seasons, Aubameyang has developed into one of the deadliest and most coveted strikers on the planet. His 21 Bundesliga strikes so far this campaign have been scored from just 81 total shots, giving him an impressive average of 3.86 shots per goal.

What really sets the 27-year-old apart is his phenomenal speed; Aubameyang is perhaps football’s speediest elite striker. As such, he would represent the polar opposite to Ibrahimovic in terms of style: where United currently looked to play up to the towering Swede as a targetman and provide passing options for him with forward runs, they would instead play the ball into space for Aubameyang, allowing him to outstrip his marker and burst through on goal in what has become his trademark fashion.

Aubameyang is perhaps the highest-calibre option on this list, and has proven his quality at the top level over the last three years in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League. Turning 28 in June, though, the Gabon captain may only have one big-money move in his future – and he has made no secret of his desire to join Real Madrid.

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A bidding war could result in Dortmund fetching as much as £70m for their dynamic striker. Even if United decide to lodge such a bid, they may face defeat if Madrid offer Aubameyang the chance to fulfil the Bernabeu dream he promised his grandfather.

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