Desperate for a striker, Everton are reportedly set to go big – very big – in January by attempting to lure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund to Goodison Park.
According to the Mirror, approximately £60million has been set aside for Sam Allardyce to pursue Aubameyang, who has been identified by the Toffees as the perfect replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
While Everton are not in the Champions League, they do have the finance to make what would be a club-record deal happen.
It’s mooted that Allardyce is keen to make his first signing as Everton manager a “real statement of intent” and that largely entails attempting to prise one of the most sought-after strikers in world football to leave Dortmund for the Premier League middle ground.
Much to Dortmund’s chagrin, Aubameyang has spoke openly several times in the past of his desire to one day play for Real Madrid – that is his own idealised career trajectory, the level on which he sees himself. Not plugging away at Everton for comparatively meagre returns.
In short, it’s never going to happen in a month of Sundays.