Arsenal could be forced to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if they fail to agree to terms with their captain over a new contract.
News has emerged that the 30-year-old and the club are yet to reach an arrangement, with his current deal taking him up until the end of the 2020/21 Premier League season.
Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has reported that the Gabon international has once again pressed pause on talks with the Gunners, before adding that Inter Milan are following the situation closely with Barcelona keen on Lautaro Martinez.
He wrote on Twitter: “Negotiations for contract renewal between Arsenal and Aubameyang have stalled.
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“The striker could leave Gunners this summer. Inter are following closely the situation and are ready to make an offer should Lautaro Martinez leave for Barcelona.”
Aubameyang was the hero once again on Sunday as he scored twice to give Arteta’s men a 3-2 win over Everton at the Emirates.
His Spanish manager has since been full of praise for the former Borussia Dortmund striker, noting that his player could decide to leave the club should they not match his ambition.
"Before I took over I had my questions about him but he has shown his commitment," said Arteta.
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"I wanted him to show if he wanted to do it and do it physically.
"I'm so happy with him. He is scoring important goals and as a captain he is giving a great example to everyone else with the way he is working defensively."
The former Milan striker was heavily linked with Barcelona in January as they searched for a new forward, which didn’t surprise former Manchester City coach Arteta.
"They are completely right to want him because he is a superb player," he continued.
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“”It's right that big teams like him. Hopefully we can convince him this is right place to be.
"I think it's been tough for him because he has big expectations. He wants to play in the biggest competitions and with the best players. We have to help him do that. He needs to feel fulfilled.
"He is our most important player, no doubt the impact he has in this team. We will have to convince him to stay with us."
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