Monchi is reportedly keen on a move for Pepe
Arsenal handed boost in pursuit of Lille star Nicolas Pepe as director makes statement
Arsenal handed major boost in Nicolas Pepe pursuit with Lille prepared to sell star winger
Monchi will spearhead Arsenal’s push to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe this summer, according to reports. Arsenal have reportedly reached an agreement with Monchi, Roma’s current sporting director, and are lining him up to join this summer.
The Gunners have been searching a technical director following Sven Mislintat’s departure as their head of recruitment earlier this month.
Mislintat played a key role in identifying several targets during his time at the club, and according to reports earlier this month, Pepe had been his preferred target for Arsenal’s problem area on the right side of Unai Emery’s attack.
Football.London now report that Arsenal have maintained their interest in Pepe following Mislintat’s exit, and Monchi also favours a move for the 23-year-old.
The Gunners face heavy competition for the Ivorian winger, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all considering a move at the end of the season.
Pepe, who has been one of the standout performers in Ligue 1 this season with 16 goals and 10 assists so far, is reportedly valued by Lille at around €80 million (£69m).
But Lille have also admitted that they could sell Pepe this summer, providing they receive an acceptable offer.
‘We are not a rich club,’ Lille’s sporting director Luis Campos told Telefoot. ‘It means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him.’