Liverpool are reportedly interested in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but a move makes little sense if Timo Werner is available.
90min claim that Liverpool, as well as Chelsea and Barcelona, want Arsenal’s Aubameyang. And why wouldn’t they? He’s one of the world’s most lethal strikers, having added another 20 goals this season.
In fact, his Premier League record has been fantastic since he arrived in England. There were 10 goals in 12 games for his first half-season. Then 22 in 30, followed by 17 in 26.
That’s the kind of ability that would benefit any club. And yet, Liverpool should look elsewhere – he doesn’t fit the profile and especially when there’s a much better alternative.
Aubameyang is now 30 and even if he only has one year left on his deal, he’ll still cost a lot of money. And for such a quick, athletic player, his age is worrying.
How many years, exactly, could a top side get out of him? Two or three, you’d think, and four at a push. That’s not really a worthwhile investment.
In fact, this is a time when Liverpool should look at younger signings. The majority of the first XI are pushing 30 themselves and will need replacing over the next few years. Aubameyang would just be another name on that list.
There’s also Werner, who is reportedly available for £50m (per the Echo). The German is just entering his prime and also has a fantastic record (21 goals in 24 Bundesliga games this season).
You can’t imagine Aubameyang would cost much less than £50m and so Werner looks like a much better deal. He’s a proven scorer, like the Arsenal man, but can also lead Liverpool’s next generation.
When you compare the two, moving for Aubameyang just doesn’t make much sense. Even if Liverpool didn’t get Werner, the comparison simply highlights that the African isn’t what the Reds need.