Arsenal to ‘target Volland transfer’ as wantaway captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang nears exit

Recently-appointed Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly identified Bayer Leverkusen forward Kevin Volland as a potential replacement for wantaway captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Former Borussia Dortmund forward Aubameyang is reportedly unsettled at Arsenal and considering a move away when the transfer window opens in January.

He has been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent months and Aubameyang has stalled on contract talks as he is unhappy with the current situation.

Arsenal are in a difficult position as Aubameyang’s contract expires in 18 months, meaning the Gunners may be forced to sell now for cash or risk losing him on a free.

And Sky Sports has claimed that Volland, 27, has been watched by Gunners scouts in recent matches as new manager Arteta prepares to compile a list of potential targets.

Volland is a versatile left-footed forward, whose preferred position is a centre-forward but he can calso play on the right wing.

Like Aubameyang, the German international has 18 months left on his contract, after arriving at Leverkusen from German rivals Hoffenheim in 2016.

Aubameyang was made captain following the decision to strip Granit Xhaka of the armband, and incoming boss Arteta must solve growing tensions in a dressing room still unsettled by that fall-out.

The north London club, who spent big in the summer transfer window, are not blessed with huge funds, and Arteta has been made aware that he won’t have much to spend in January.

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