By 90Min
February 01, 2018

Real Madrid reportedly turned down the chance to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, according to reports in Spain.

The Gabonese striker moved to the Emirates Stadium on Deadline Day for a fee of around £55m, after weeks of intense speculation regarding his future.

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According to Spanish rumours outlet El Gol Digital, Aubameyang could have ended up at the Santiago Bernabeu this month had he not encountered a string of recent disciplinary problems. 

He was suspended for missing a team meeting prior to the game against Wolfsburg, and was sunsequently left out of the squad to face Hertha Berlin.

The report suggests that Real had the opportunity to pay £8.75m less than Arsenal to secure his services, but ultimately decided to look elsewhere after his latest indiscretions.

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Aubameyang moves to the Emirates Stadium as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who left for rivals Manchester United a couple of weeks ago. Aubameyang's arrival in north London sees him reunited with former Dortmund teammate Henrikh Mkhitaryan, whom he previously enjoyed a successful partnership with at Signal Iduna Park.

The 28-year old issued a strange parting message on Instagram to Dortmund fans after sealing his move to the Premier League, suggesting his recent antics had been a direct result of not being allowed to leave the club last summer.

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”First of all sorry for everything that happened in the last month,” Aubameyang said.

“But I wanted to change last summer, it did not work, but now it had to be. Maybe it was not the best way I chose, but everyone knows that Auba is crazy - and yes, I'm a crazy kid, hahahaha!”

Aubameyang could make his Premier League debut for the Gunners this weekend, when they host Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

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