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Arsenal face battle to keep hold of £200,000-a-week forward

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been ‘closely followed’ by Seri A giants Inter Milan amid speculation he is considering departing Arsenal in the January transfer market.

Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates is a huge talking point, with the club seven points off the Top 4 and looking for a new manager after going eight matches without a win in all competitions.

The 30-year-old Gabon striker – who equalised twice in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at Norwich City on Sunday – has been linked with interest from Spain.

Aubameyang has netted 10 goals in 14 Premier League games thus far this campaign, having shared the golden boot award with Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah last season.

Now Inter Milan chief Antonio Conte is considering a January move for the forward, according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, as the Italian prepares for the possibility of losing Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona.

Inter haven’t yet made any moves towards securing Pierre-Emerick, according to French publication Le10Sport , but the Serie A outfit are said to have ‘closely followed’ the star’s situation over the summer.

However, Le10Sport says the cost of a potential transfer could prove prohibitive to Inter, with Arsenal star likely to fetch around £65 million.

Aubameyang is contracted to the Gunners until summer 2021, and it has been reported that both he and Alexandre Lacazette were refusing to pen new contracts amid uncertainty over the direction in which Gunners are heading.

Freddie Ljungberg took charge of the London club for Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Norwich after Unai Emery was sacked as head coach last week, with the likes of Mikel Arteta and Brendan Rodgers in the frame to replace him.