Tianjin Quanjian dismisses Aubameyang links

Tianjin Quanjian will not be making another move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, according to owner Shu Yuhui.

Aubameyang was tipped to leave Dortmund in the off-season after considering an approach from China.   -  Bongarts

Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjian has denied reports it is set to renew its interest in Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Aubameyang was tipped to leave Dortmund in the off-season after considering an approach from China, while the Gabon international was also linked with AC Milan, before deciding to stay at the Bundesliga side.

Quanjian – coached by former Italy, Juventus and Real Madrid defender Fabio Cannavaro – was keen on Aubameyang and came close to signing the 28-year-old, who has scored seven goals in all competitions this term, but the CSL club will not make another move in January.

"It is out of the question," owner Shu Yuhui told reporters. "We were within touching distance of bringing in Aubameyang, but it didn't work out. It's a great shame. Case closed!

"It is immoral to poach Dortmund's star striker when the new season of Bundesliga kicked off only a few weeks ago. I definitely won't do that.

"In addition, the Chinese Football Association have put much stress on rational investment [in buying foreign players]. We will absolutely respect their advice."

Quanjian – which already boasts Axel Witsel and Alexandre Pato – is fourth in the CSL, 13 points behind leader and defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao.