£36m-rated forward deals blow to Arsenal hopes of signing him in January

Arsenal and Premier League champions Manchester City target Nicolas Pepe has ruled out any opportunity of a move to the English top flight happening in January.

The LOSC Lille winger has explained that he will see out of the campaign with the Ligue 1 outfit but refused to rule out a summer move.

Speaking to Le Voix du Nord, as quoted on the Daily Star, Pepe addressed claims regarding his future.

“Finish the season at Lille … Yes, that’s true. As the president has already said, my desire is to finish the season at Lille, and then we’ll see. I have a contract until 2022. My idea is to finish this season with Lille. And, why not, start the next in Europe … it would be beautiful.”

A host of sides are being linked with a move to land Pepe as he continues to shine in France’s top division, but LOSC Lille are desperate to keep hold of the star.

Arsenal, Manchester City, Bayern Munich have all previously been touted with an interest in the Ivorian. The 23-year-old star has netted 12 league goals in 19 starts this campaign.