Arsenal are increasingly growing favorites to land in-demand Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
The Ivory Coast international has attracted attention from a host of European footballing powerhouses, but the Gunners are said to have surged ahead of their competitors.
Reports indicate Arsenal are now in advanced talks over the structure of a staggered payment plan for the €80 million (£72m/$89m) star, who had a breakout 20188/19 season
The tricky winger scored 23 goals and 12 assists across all competitions in the 2018-19 season, leading to concrete interest from Liverpool, Manchester United, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain.
The club’s president recently confirmed that four clubs had met Pepe’s valuation, and it was now upon him to pick which club he would want to join.
The Gunners have been in negotiations with Crystal Palace to sign Pepe’s international teammate Wilfried Zaha but will likely pull out if they succeed in landing the Lille man.
After a quiet transfer summer, the London club seems to have sprung into life with a few weeks to go before the window closes.
They announced the signing of two players on Thursday, landing Dani Ceballos and William Saliba from Real Madrid and St. Etienne respectively.
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