According to TF1, Arsenal have bid €80 million for Lille winger Nicolas Pépé.
The Ivory Coast international was linked with the Gunners back in November as we weighed up a January replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck, but nothing ever came of it. Since then his price has increased significantly.
The 24-year-old ended last season with impressive numbers in Ligue 1, scoring 22 goals (second only to Kylian Mbappe) and making 11 assists in 38 appearances.
His performances helped Lille to finish second in the table and caught the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including champions Paris Saint Germain.
Pépé has been away at the African Cup of Nations in recent weeks and has had a pretty poor tournament by his standards. He was an unused substitute last night as Ivory Coast went out on penalties to Algeria at the quarter-final stage.
Now that his tournament is over, the rumours about his future have sparked into life.
We know Unai Emery wants to bring in a wide player this summer hence the links with Zaha, Brahimi, Carrasco, Fraser and alike, but it’s very hard to believe that we’re going to chuck the kitchen sink at Lille when our budget is known to be small and we’ve strengthening to do in other positions.
If you want to start dreaming of a big-money signing then knock yourself out, you deserve a break from Arsenal-branded bad news for a few hours. Just don’t come here complaining when it doesn’t happen.