Arsenal ready to splash as much as £30m to sign star attacker to replace Welbeck

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Arsenal could be beaten to the signing of Lille striker Nicolas Pepe by Bayern Munich in January, according to the Express.

The Ivory Coast international has had a fantastic start to the season, scoring six times in nine appearance already this season.

The Gunners are among a number of top European clubs who are said to be interested in the striker ahead of a January move.

Unai Emery has made five additions to the squad since taking over at the Emirates, and seems to have steadied the ship with six consecutive league wins after back to back defeats at the start of the season.

His strikers have been in top form this season, with the partnership of Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette backed up by Danny Welbeck proving to be capable of delivering the goods on a regular basis.

However, Welbeck’s contract expires at the end of the season and so far, there has been no sign of negotiations over an extension on his deal. This might explain the interest in Pepe as a potential replacement.

Bayern Munich have made contacts for the player who Lille reportedly value at £30 million, and a move by Arsenal for him at this time could spark a bidding war.

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