Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has fuelled speculation he could leave Borussia Dortmund after failing to return to training following the Bundesliga's winter break.
The Gabon international, who is the top scorer in Germany this season, is said to be on the radar of several Premier League sides - notably Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.
A Dortmund spokesperson said Aubameyang's absence was due to "personal reasons", however comments made by teammate Matthias Ginter after the club's first session of the new year hinted at something more sinister.
"We all hope he'll [Aubameyang] stay," Ginter said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"He's very important, on the pitch and off, for what he contributes to the group atmosphere."
Fellow Dortmund player Ilkay Gundogan has reportedly received interest from Italian giants Juventus of late, and is another name supposedly on Premier League radar.
"We would be delighted if they stayed as long as possible with us. I hope they will extend their contracts,"
Aubameyang has scored 27 goals in 27 games at club level this season, surpassing his overall tally from 2014-15.
Arsenal and United are both thought to be keen on bolstering their attacks during the January transfer window, and will know that the 26-year-old's arrival would significantly increase their chances of ending the season with silverware.
The Gunners are currently two points clear at top of the Premier League, while Louis van Gaal's team trail them by nine points in fifth.
Liverpool's need for a centre-forward is arguably lesser, provided Daniel Sturridge returns to full fitness soon, although they are arguably the least likely of the three to be able to match Aubameyang's reported £42m release clause.
What could work in the Reds' favour however, is the player's relationship with Jurgen Klopp, who paid £10m to bring him to Signal Iduna Park from Saint-Etienne 18 months ago.
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