LOSC tell Arsenal and other clubs that they would have to cough up £72 million to sign Nicolas Pepe in the winter transfer window.
According to The Sun, Pepe is poised to join Arsenal in January if they could splurge £72 million on the Frenchman. Luis Campos, the director of football from Lille OSC is keen to drive up the price for the star winger when he denied that there are talks of selling him for a meagre £40 million.
Recently, Manchester City have also shown interest in the 23 year old. They sent out their scouts to watch the player in a match against Reims earlier this month.
The brass at LOSC is aware of the interest for the French-Ivorian from multiple European clubs like Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Tottenham and are driven to milk the most out of their star player.
Pepe is currently the second highest goal scorer in the Ligue 1 with 12 goals to his name, only a goal behind Kylian Mbappe. Unai Emery would have to bolster his options in the front, considering the fact that Danny Welbeck is out for rest of the season.
Welbeck’s future in Arsenal is also jittery as the club would need funds to make star signings. Raul Sanlehi has hinted at the possibility of selling the English striker.
However, it is highly unlikely that Pepe would join a side which is line to miss out on Champions League football next year. Arsenal, who are currently 5th on the Premier League table after winning against Burnley with a score of 3-1, aren’t very sure of sealing a spot in the UCL.
This complicates the process for the Gunners to rope him during January and makes it highly unlikely to see the winger in Islington anytime soon.
The current transfer record for Arsenal is signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £56 million, less than a year ago.
Emery would face a tough challenge to bring Pepe to Emirates as he would have to battle European giants for signing him. Without Welbeck in the fray, the Gunners need an alternative option, possibly Pepe, if they fancy their chances of playing in the Champions League next year. The thing which is clear to us now is that Pepe would force open the bank of his future club.