Chinese football's big spending continues and has put Real Madrid's 'Operation Aubameyang' in danger of falling to pieces. Shanghai SIPG have reportedly submitted an offer to Borussia Dortmund to the tune of €150 million for the striker. It is also reported that he could be paid up to €800,000 per week, which would install him as the world's highest paid player with an annual salary of €41 million. That is more than Carlos Tevez, who recently made the move to Shanghai Shenhua and will be paid €38 million.
Aubameyang is one of Real Madrid's biggest targets for next season, having solidified himself in their plans after the last game of the Champions League group stage against, in which he was very effective. He scored a goal and assisted in the other, which allowed the German side to a share of the spoils and saw them overtake Real Madrid at the summit of their group.
An embarrassment of riches
Shanghai SIPG have already signed Oscar from Chelsea, having paid €61 million for the Brazilian this winter. His salary is said to be around €25 million. The Shanghai side also have Argentinian Darío Conca and Brazilian Hulk, who they paid €55 million for, in their ranks. Add Aubameyang to the mix and you have the most potent attack in a league that starts in March.
The Gabon striker trained in AC Milan's cantera and signed with Dortmund in 2013 from Saint Etienne. The German club paid a paltry €13 million for his services and he has turned into a player that would fetch no less than €80 million in the current market. This season he has scored 20 goals in 22 games.