Transfer news

Eto'o proposes Aubameyang move

May 24, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o has contacted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make the Saint-Etienne striker a highly lucrative offer to join the Russian Premier League club, L'Equipe reported on Friday.

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Aubameyang, 23, is poised to leave Saint-Etienne this summer, and having scored 19 Ligue 1 goals this season, there is no shortage of high quality suitors for the pacy Gabon international. L'Equipe claimed Eto'o, 32, a friend of Aubameyang's father, Pierre Aubame, proposed a €10 million signing-on bonus and an annual salary of €7 million. "Of course such a proposition makes me think about things," Aubameyang is reported as saying.

Bankrolled by Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov, Anzhi would have little trouble in meeting Saint-Etienne's €15 million asking price for their leading scorer.

Aubameyang has stated Champions League qualification with Les Verts could make him stay at the club, but with his team two points off third place with just a game to go, that looks unlikely, raising the prospect of his departure.

The former AC Milan youth academy player has oft stated his dream of joining Real Madrid, but has recently spoken of his love of not only La Liga but also the Bundesliga where Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen are interested in his signature.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller, 53, watched the player in action during Saint-Etienne's 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in March, while Volkswagen-backed Wolfsburg have the financial muscle to both meet the asking price and offer an attractive salary.