Arsenal will continue to pursue deal for Ligue 1 star wanted by former chief

Monchi will spearhead Premier League side Arsenal’s push to land LOSC Lille winger Nicolas Pepe this summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Gunners have reportedly reached an agreement with Spaniard, AS Roma’s current sporting director, and are lining the star up to join this summer.

Arsenal have been searching for a technical director after Sven Mislintat’s departure as their head of recruitment earlier in February.

Mislintat played an important role in identifying several targets throughout his time at the club, and according to the latest reports this month, Nicolas had been his preferred target for the Gunners’ problem area on the right wing of Unai Emery’s attack.

Football.London now report that the north Londoners have maintained their interest in Nicolas following Sven’s exit, and Monchi also favours a swoop for the 23-year-old star.

The Gunners face stiff competition for the Ivorian attacker, with Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all weighing up a move at the end of the campaign.

Pepe, who has been one of the exceptionally good performers in Ligue 1 this campaign with 17 goals and 11 assists thus far, is reportedly valued by LOSC Lille at around €80 million (£69 million).

But the French club have also admitted that they could part ways with their key man this summer transfer window, providing they receive a suitable offer.

‘We are not a rich club,’ the club’s sporting director Luis Campos told Telefoot. ‘It means that if a really good proposal comes in for Pepe, we have to sell him.’