Lille Chief Open To Pepe Transfer
Arsenal transfer target Nicolas Pepe is likely to be sold by Lille this summer with the French side admitting they will listen to offers for the Ivorian.
The Gunners have been keeping tabs on Pepe all season. But the 24-year-old has also attracted the attentions of some of Europe’s top clubs. Reports at the weekend claimed that Bayern Munich have already been in contact with Pepe’s representatives and are in pole position to snap him up this summer.
But speaking to French TV programme Telefoot at the weekend, Lille’s sporting director Luis Campos admitted his club may have to listen to bids for Pepe.
“We are not a rich club – it means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him,” said Campos.
Lille head coach Christope Galtier also insists on one stipulation as to what sort of club Pepe will be sold to.
“He has to go to a Champions League side,” he said.
“In my opinion, an intermediate step is not necessary to go as high as possible.
“I see him as good with a team that plays all in red and likes to put wingers on the side of their weaker feet.”
As well needing to finish in the top four before they can sign Pepe, Arsenal will also need deep pockets. Lille value the forward at €50million (£45million) – practically the whole of the Gunners’ transfer budget for the summer.