Report: £69m could be enough for Arsenal to seal swoop for red-hot 16-goal hitman

Nicolas Pépé has been heavily linked with a move to one of top host clubs across Europe this summer having netted 16 goals in 27 appearances this season.

His brilliant form has seen likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Manchester United shown interest in his are all understood to be monitoring his progress ahead of a possible move when the window reopens.

It appears the club will be open to selling the player with Lille president Gerard Lopez insisting the 23-year-old will be allowed to leave cheaply.

The club’s president revealed that his side have already seen a bid €50m (£43m) rejected for Pepe while also saying the player himself turned down an offer €80m.

He said via his quotes on Canal Plus:

“That does not just depend on the club. It also depends on the player. He deserves to play at the highest level. We have offers yes.

“In England, there are clubs. We have had offers worth €50m. We will not sell for less, we have even refused a €50m bid.

“We had an offer from China worth €80m with an astronomical salary, but he didn’t want to go.”

Such a hefty price tag is likely to see Arsenal fall out of the running with the Gunners being restricted by their transfer budget this summer.