Club president confirm 21 goals star could be on the move as Arsenal in serious talk

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Report via the Daily Express claims Arsenal have been locked in talks with Lille forward Nicolas Pepe for over a year.

Pepe will leave Lille at the end of the season, according to the club’s president, Christophe Galtier.

The highly-rated Ivory Coast international is being linked with a move to a number of Europe’s top clubs this summer.

A hugely productive 2018/19 campaign has seen Pepe score 21 goals in 36 appearances from out wide, standing out as one of Ligue 1’s star men.

Manchester United have been credited with a move for the Ivorian international as well as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Speaking about Pepe’s future, Galtier admitted it lies away from Lille, telling Canal Plus that his next destination is up to the player himself:

“Nicolas Pepe will leave. Life’s like that, football’s like that today. He is a player of the highest level who will have a big decision to make on the choice of his next club.

There will be a battle between the great European teams. I hope that he will take good amount of time to think about it, do his research.

Like he did when he came here and when he decided to stay here [last summer], find the right project.”

Goal say the Gunners may not be able to afford Pepe even if they qualify for the Champions League next season.

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