Lille owner confirms Arsenal target will leave at the end of the season
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Lille owner confirms Arsenal target will leave at the end of the season

Lille owner confirms Arsenal target will leave at the end of the season

15 Apr 2019, 08:50

Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe will leave Ligue One side Lille during the next transfer window this is according to the club owner Gerard Lopez.

The 23-year-old winger has turned heads in a prolific campaign that has him on course to finish as Ligue 1's highest-scoring non-Paris Saint Germain player.

Thomas Tuchel praised Pepe as a "good player" with a lot of "speed and strength" after Lille boss Christophe Galtier openly stated his star forward would be a good fit for the capital club.

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"All clubs are forced to balance their accounts, except perhaps one," Lopez told Telefoot, seemingly referring to PSG.

"I think we will sell four or five players. The departure of Nicolas Pepe is sure. He has entered a price range that cannot be paid anymore. There is a career choice for him to make."

Apart from Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Manchester United are all reportedly interested in the Ivory Coast international; the player having grabbed a goal and an assist in their Sunday 5-1 win over PSG on Sunday.

Pepe joined from Lille from Angers in 2017 and notched 19 league goals in his debut season.