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Player friendship preventing Liverpool and Arsenal deals

| 19.11.2015

Loyalty seems to be a rarity in modern football, whether it be a player’s commitment to a club or vice-versa.

That’s why it’s interesting to see the allegiance being shown by Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, not to Borussia Dortmund, but to each other.

It’s being reported in Germany that the two Bundesliga stars won’t leave Dortmund unless the other one does in a weird transfer pact.

This could put the brakes on potential deals for two Premier League clubs, with Arsenal chasing the Gabonese striker and Liverpool after the German playmaker.

Looking at how these two have been performing this season, and what they contribute to each other, it’s easy to see why such an agreement exists.
Aubameyang is the joint top scorer in Germany, matching Robert Lewandowski’s much talked about exploits by netting 14 times.

His tally across all competitions is 17 thus making him the most prolific striker in Europe, with Jamie Vardy trailing behind on second place on 15.

Meanwhile, Reus has managed to get on the score sheet seven times in the Bundesliga, eight in all competitions, doing nothing to quell the continuing rumours of a Liverpool move.

Jurgen Klopp was the man to bring the 26-year-old to Dortmund, with this link being enough to spark up speculation of them reuniting at Anfield.

However, this all depends on whether the Gunners can realise their desire to bring the most prolific striker in Europe to the Emirates.

Arsenal are reported to be lining up a £42million move for Auba, but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough to test Dortmund’s resolve.

Therefore, the Premier League teams may need to see if they can work in transfer harmony in order to get what they both want.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.