Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is currently attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in the world, such as Arsenal, Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid, but he has revealed that he was close to joining Newcastle United back in 2013.
At that time, Aubameyang was playing for St Etienne and with Newcastle having a clear plan to scout and recruit players from France, he appeared on the radar of Graham Carr.
Carr suggested that the Magpies bid for the striker and they did just that. However, Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund also came in for the player.
The deal on the table from Newcastle was a better one for St Etienne than the offer from Dortmund and the French club tried to get Aubameyang to make the switch to the North East of England, but he chose to join the German side instead.
Speaking about that time, Aubameyang said:
I received an offer (in 2012) from Qatar of 10m euros a year and if I had accepted, then my family would have been set up for life. Instead we chose to stay at St Etienne, where I got 70,000 Euros per month, knowing that with my ability, I could earn money later. The following season, St Etienne wanted to sell me to Newcastle but we opted for Dortmund, finalists in the Champions League, because my father studied Jurgen Klopp’s game, even though the money was lower.