Manchester United apparently opted against signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2017 after the club ‘weren’t suitably convinced’ by the then Borussia Dortmund forward.
Aubameyang eventually moved to the Premier League to join Arsenal in a club-record deal in January 2018, with the Gunners agreeing a fee of £56m to bring the Gabon international to the Emirates.
The forward has proved a major success since making the switch to North London, scoring 49 goals in just 76 appearances for the club and winning a share of the Premier League‘s Golden Boot last season.
Since joining the club, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has the best chance conversion rate (excluding penalties) in the Premier League of any player with 10+ goals
— Orbinho (@Orbinho) October 21, 2019
However, a report has emerged that shows Manchester United had extensively tracked Aubameyang a year previous, with the club considering an approach as they sought a long-term replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford, who was struggling to recover from a serious knee injury at the time.
However, according to The Athletic, United passed up on the opportunity to sign Aubameyang due to concerns over his age, valuation and hold-up play, despite the forward’s desire to leave Germany.
Then manager Jose Mourinho is believed to have had reservations over Aubameyang’s ability to lead the line, with the club instead securing a £75m deal for Everton forward Romelu Lukaku, though he has since left to join Inter Milan.
The club’s decision to pass on Aubameyang, who has already scored seven goals this season, looks ever increasingly like a mistake. United having struggled to score goals in recent times, with the 3-1 win over Norwich on Sunday just the second time this season they have scored more than once.
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