Gabonese and Borussia Dortmund forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is heading to the Far East after agreeing to pocket wages worth £500,000-a-week with Chinese Super League giants Tianjin Quanjian.
But German newspaper Bild claims Aubameyang is verge of completing a £71million deal to link up with other stars in China.
It’s said that new boss Peter Bosz, who left Ajax to replace Thomas Tuchel earlier this month, joined Dortmund under the impression that the Gabonese forward, 28, would not be sticking around for next season.
However, a deal was initially held up after new laws were passed by the Chinese FA which saw a 100 percent tax stamped on new foreign signings.
But Tianjin are apparently convinced Aubameyang is the player to take them to the next level.
And despite also closing in on a move for Cologne hitman Anthony Modeste, Tianjin will break the bank to make Aubameyang one of the best-paid players in world football.
His exit to the Orient could also trigger a strike scramble across Europe, with Dortmund’s only other out-and-out forward coming in the shape of 17-year-old Swede Alexander Isak.
New signing Max Philipp, Marco Reus and Andre Schurrle are all capable of moving inside if needed to, but Bosz is sure to pursue a like-for-like Aubameyang replacement instead.