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Tianjin Quanjian cagey on Aubameyang rumours

Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian revealed they are poised to sign a player from Europe, but refused to confirm whether or not it is Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

It was rumoured that Tianjin were interested in Chelsea forward earlier this year, but a move for the Brasilian did not materialise.

The Gabon international has been linked with a move away from Dortmund, having made no secret of his desire to play for Real Madrid. However, Tianjin Quanjian, led by Fabio Cannavaro, have emerged as a possible destination.

The 27-year-old, whose contract runs until 2020, could reportedly earn a lucrative weekly salary of €500,000 with the Chinese Super League side.

“Basically, a decision on which player we are going to buy in the summer has been made. And we have secured a verbal agreement with the player as well as his club,” Tianjin owner Shu Yuhui told reporters in a press conference.

“We have not signed a formal contract yet, and I will not reveal the player’s name during the sensitive period.”

“The club have once got the short end of the stick after our transfer target was exposed ahead of time. So we won’t say his name.”