Arsenal could be in for a busy transfer this summer.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Arsenal are keen to land Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
The 23-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The Ivory Coast international was signed by Lille in July 2017 from Angers for a fee of 10 million euros. The 23-year-old has a contract until 2022 with the club.
Pepe has played 66 times for Lille since signing from Angers, scoring 31 goals and creating 16 assists in that time.
The 23-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Ivory Coast.
As a member of Ivory Coast national football team, Pepe won 10 caps and he scored 3 goals.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Arsenal.
Arsenal have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within European Leagues, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
The Arsenal manager has been impressed by his performances this season and could make a move this summer.
Nicolas Pepe has the talent to play many roles in attack.
According to The Sun, “Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe could be sold by Lille for “the right price”, according to reports. Pepe, who has scored 17 times in 28 games this season, has attracted the attention of Gunners chiefs as an option to fill their right wing. Football.london report that Lille are prepared to sell the 23-year-old forward with a price tag of around £50million. The Gunners are looking to secure a formidable wideman, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alex Iwobi often deployed on the flanks by Unai Emery.”
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A big money bid from Arsenal could tempt Lille into selling their prized asset.
Stylistically, Pepe would be a great fit in Arsenal.
How strong that interest is and whether Arsenal will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.