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Lille star Nicolas Pepe has welcomed rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal next summer, though the Gunners will face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City. The 23-year-old has enjoyed an excellent campaign so far this season, scoring eight times and laying on a further five assists to guide Lille up to third place in the Ligue 1 table. Incredibly, only PSG striker Kylian Mbappe (15) has been involved in more goals across Europe’s top five leagues than Pepe (13) this season.
The Ivory Coast international’s electric form has seen him linked with a move to Arsenal, while German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have also been credited with interest. Pepe would command a fee of around £44million, and RMC Sport claim Chelsea are also preparing their own move for the winger.
He has already ruled out leaving Lille in January as he looks to help the side secure a Champions League berth, though opened the door to a summer switch. ‘A preference between Dortmund, Bayern or Arsenal? They’re all big clubs, I was not aware of these rumours, although it’s nice,’ Pepe told Telefoot.
‘Leave Lille at the end of the season? We do not even know what I’ll be doing tomorrow!’ Arsenal boss Unai Emery is interested in bringing in another attacker, and was heavily linked with Ousmane Dembele over the summer, while Chelsea are also looking to add more firepower up top.