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Arsenal in battle with Euro giants to sign exciting star with 52 career goals

Arsenal is in the final battle to sign this breakout star, the gifted attacker established himself as one of Europe’s best with his fine displays last season.

According to French outlet le ten Sport, Arsenal and Napoli are leading the race to sign Lille star Nicolas Pepe, it’s understood that inter Milan and Manchester United are fascinated by the Ivorian, however, Lille has only received concrete offers from the Gunners and the Azzurri.

As per the report, Arsenal’s offer for the 24-year-old is reportedly in the region of €80m (£72m), while Napoli’s bid is believed to be worth an initial €60m with a further €20m in bonuses.


Carlo Ancelotti’s side does have a possible sweetener up their sleeves though, it’s understood that Lille has an interest in Napoli star Adam Ounas – a move for the Algerian would be separate to a deal for Pepe though.

The report highlights that Pepe is yet to determine on which club he’d prefer to be a part of, however, Lille are hoping that the star will seal a move next week.

It will be shocking to see Arsenal complete a swoop for Pepe, given their reported tight transfer budget, as per The Sun, Unai emery only has £45m to spend this summer – although this doesn’t include funds raised through player sales.

Pepe was instrumental for Lille as they defied the odds to complete second in Ligue one, the Ex-Angers ace managed to score twenty-two league goals and provide eleven assists to his teammates last season. In his entire career, Pepe has managed to score fifty-two goals for club and country.

Emery has a massive rebuild on his hands this summer and two key areas that the Spaniard needs to improve are upfront and in the wide areas – Pepe has shown that he has the skills to play as a central striker or as a winger.

As Arsenal have already got a superstar strike duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one would expect Pepe to be used on the wing for the Gunners. The north London club presently only have two quality natural wide players in their ranks; academy graduates Alex Iwobi and Reiss Nelson.

Lacazette and Aubameyang were very spectacular last season, however, the addition of Pepe could help take Arsenal’s attack to a new level, the Ivorian showed last season that his spectacular performances lead to an uplift in form for those around him.

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