The Gunners have been heavily linked with a swoop for one of this season’s standout performers in Ligue 1 as Unai Emery looks to revamp his squad at the Emirates.
As reported by football.london, it’s understood that head of recruitment Sven Mislintat’s exit will not impact any move for the 23-year-old, with Monchi, who is one of the frontrunners to fill the post, also an admirer of the player.
And with interest elsewhere across Europe, Luis Campos, Lille’s sporting director, told Telefoot: “We are not a rich club.
“It means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him.”
Valued at around £50million, Pepe has bagged 17 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this term and is a full Ivory Coast international.
However, the Gunners may need to qualify for the Champions League in able to compete for his signature in the summer transfer window.
If they fail to land the exciting France-born winger, they could look to AS Roma’s Cengiz Under, Genk’s Leandro Trossard or Boca Juniors forward Cristian Pavon.
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