However things appear different this time around and Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain appeared favourites for his signature.
Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly open to joining Liverpool this summer, and it has sparked a frenzy amongst supporters.
If the Chilean global refuses to sign a new deal then Giullianelli says Arsenal will sanction his sale to a foreign club this summer and then launch a swoop for £61m-rated striker Aubameyang.
In any case, Aubamayeng is now far from a top target and it is believed that any move for the Gabon worldwide would come much later in the summer and only if City are left disappointed in their hunt for Alexis and Mbappe - if an approach is to come at all.
Jurgen Klopp is in the market for a top class goal-scorer amid doubts over the future of Daniel Sturridge and the German coach knows Aubameyang well from their time together at Dortmund.
Aubameyang scored a staggering 40 goals in 46 appearances for Dortmund last season, and at 28 years of age, he's just entering his peak years as Liverpool look for a prolific forward who can lead the line for them in the Premier League and Champions League next season.
City identified their top targets several months ago, and after signing Bernardo Silva from Monaco and Ederson from Benfica they are now working on deals for four full-backs.