Liverpool CEO responds to Reds links with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Jurgen Klopp eyes £70m signing

Liverpool CEO responds to Reds links with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Jurgen Klopp eyes £70m signing

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Liverpool new chief executive Peter Moore has reacted to speculations that the Anfield giants have been quoted £63m for Borussia Dortmund and Gabonese international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese international who scored 40 goals in 46 matches across all competition sparked a transfer scramble for his signature when in January he admitted his desire to leave the club and move to the next level.

He was then quoted saying: “If I want to go to the next level, I need to leave in summer”.

Last season’s Bundesliga top scorer had a transfer scramble over him sparked after Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke stated that the club would listen to any offer that showed “its appreciation” for the player in a “a financial way”.

Speaking to Bild, Watze said as quoted via The Independent: “We will listen to it when a club is willing to show its appreciation for Aubameyang in a financial way as well.

“If an official bid were to reach more than £63million, it would have to be reported as a necessary to proceed. This has not happened so far.”

That led the Reds fans questional their new CEO, who took up the role in February, on the prospect of signing Aubameyang on Twitter.

Reds fan Grant Portman said: “If Aubameyang is available for £63m as reported (and would come) please get him! You would recoup most of the money in shirts.”

Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp has already sanctioned a £34.3m move for Mohamed Salah this summer and has been told he cough an additional £70m if he wants to bring RB Leipzig’s midfielder Naby Keita to Anfield, according to reports in the German media.

As well as Keita, the German boss is also believe to be interested on signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the North London club needing to sell this summer to keep balance their wage budget within Premier League rules if they are keep German international Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

The Reds are lso keeping tabs on Keita’s Leipzig teammate Timo Werner, after his goals fired the east German side into a second-place finish behind Bayern Munich.

To which the Liverpool CEO replied: “All the profits would disappear with the cost of lettering the shirts…”

Only three strikers scored more times than Werner’s 21 strikes over the course of the Bundesliga season and the Reds want a natural goalscorer to help deal with Champions League football.

Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke is already set to arrive at the end of his contract on July 1st, while Hull’s Andrew Robertson is an option at left-back given James Milner had been forced to play there throughout this season.

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