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Manchester United lining up £70m summer move for prolific striker

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on the £70m signing of Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer.

According to The Daily Mail, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward confirmed this week that the club has cash reserves of £121.6m which in turn suggests that they will be making significant signings at the end of the season.

Despite speculation continuing to suggest that Louis van Gaal is at risk of losing his job, United will continue to plan their activity with the Dutchman at the helm.

While the likes of Neymar and Gareth Bale have both been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months, it appears as though Aubameyang is considered a more realistic target despite the fact that the 26-year-old continues to establish himself as an integral part of the Dortmund lineup.

Having scored 27 goals already this season, it is no surprise that he has attracted attention from around Europe, although the Bundesliga giants will undoubtedly be keen to hold on to him.

Dortmund currently trail league leaders Bayern Munich by five points as the title race continues to rage on this season, and so the striker’s immediate focus will be on helping them overturn that deficit and deny Pep Guardiola’s side another league crown.

It remains to be seen if this will be his last season in Germany, but if United are serious about signing him, then it will certainly test both his and Dortmund’s resolve.

In contrast, the Red Devils are at risk of missing out on the Champions League this season, and it has been reported that Van Gaal could be set to leave in the summer despite having another year remaining on his current contract.

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