According to Le 10 Sport, Bayern Munich have entered the race to sign Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe.
The report states that the German giants are currently leading the charge for his signature, but other major European clubs remain interested in the Lille winger. As well as Bayern and the Gunners, Barcelona and Manchester City are also credited with holding an interest in the 23-year-old.
Considering the 10-cap Ivory Coast international’s prolific form this season it is unsurprising that he is garnering such attention. As per Transfermarkt’s stats, the attacker has already racked up 16 goals and 10 assists in 23 Ligue 1 outings.
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The aforementioned report claims that Lille accept that Pepe will likely leave the club this summer, and he certainly won’t be short of suitors. Arsenal, for their part, would surely have to offer a huge fee to ensure that they don’t miss out.
The Gunners could certainly do with a new winger. As things stand, Alex Iwobi is the only out and out wide man in Unai Emery’s squad. Pepe, then, would be a very welcome addition at the Emirates Stadium.
However, if it is true that the north London club will only have around £40 million to spend this summer, as reported by The Sun, then they will struggle to strike a deal for Pepe. Beyond that, with a budget so tight, and defensive signings an absolute must, attacking reinforcements shouldn’t be their priority either.
As far as Pepe is concerned, he looks to be a player now beyond the Gunners’ means. They should step down from this chase now and begin focusing their efforts elsewhere.