€80million price set! Lille ready to open talks and get Pepe deal done with Arsenal
Fresh reports have claimed Lille ‘are ready to open to talks’ with Arsenal about a January deal for highly-rated Nicolas Pepe, with the price now set.
The 23-year-old is earning plenty of admiring glances from some of the top clubs in Europe for his performances in Ligue 1 this season, as he already has 12 goals this season for the French giants.
And despite Unai Emery already having Pieree-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up-front, it is believed the Spanish boss is still looking to bolster his attack, especially after Danny Welbeck picked up another injury that will keep him out for the season.
Although a transfer fee of around £40m had been mooted, Lille chief Luis Campos insists it could take closer to twice that figure, with the French clubs Chiefs telling Telefoot his value for the 23-year-old.
He said: ‘€80million. But [any club] will also have to convince the player.’
Barcelona are also keeping close tabs on the youngster, especially since Ousmane Dembele may be heading for the exit signs in the coming transfer windows after a disappointing time at the Camp Nou.
However, any Arsenal deal could depend on whether or not the north Londoners can offer Pepe Champions League football next campaign, as the young man has ambitions to test himself at the very top.
Do Arsenal actually need Pepe?
Right now Arsenal have a very impressive attack that is scoring goals on a regular basis, so there isn’t much Emery needs to do to improve that, except maybe add a pacey, creative winger.
Pepe is showing great potential but is not the type of player that Arsenal need right now and Emery should focus on improving other key areas before he brings in another forward that will just disrupt Lacazette and Aubameyang.