Transfer rumours hit Dortmund, Man City
BORUSSIA Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel takes a philosophical approach when it comes to dealing with the distraction of off-season transfer speculation that keeps swirling around his club.
"I can't predict the future," said the German on Wednesday before his club's clash with Manchester City at the Shenzhen Universiade Stadium.
The two European heavyweights might be in China, half a world away from where they usually ply their trade, but that has not stopped the transfer rumour mill from grinding away back home.
Reports stemming from Europe of a host of players coming in and out of both clubs have been mostly dismissed by officials, who are trying instead to focus players' attention on preparations ahead of domestic seasons that kick off next month.
Tuchel was responding to reports from Germany - which have been denied - that Dortmund's 27-year-old Gambonese star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might soon be on his way out.
The media have suggested he could be heading to Manchester City or Real Madrid.
"Right now, he is our player, he stays our player," said Tuchel.
Fresh from a break-out season of 39 goals poached in all competitions for Dortmund, Aubameyang scored against Manchester United in his club's 4-1 win in Shanghai last Friday.
Dortmund, last season's Bundesliga runners up, have also been linked to Newcastle star Moussa Sissoko, though those reports have not been confirmed.
Manchester City have said they have no official response to reports they are about to push their off-season spending spree over the £100 million (S$178 million) mark.
Everton's John Stones is the latest player reported to be "on the verge" of joining the Sky Blues before the English Premier League season kicks off next month.
Others apparently in the mix include German winger Leroy Sane, Colombian forward Marlos Moreno and 19-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.