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Campos tells Arsenal £72m will be enough to land forward

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Lille have told Arsenal they will have to pay up to £72million if they want to sign Nicolas Pepe in January.

The 23-year-old forward has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in January as Unai Emery looks to find a suitable replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck.

Pepe has been in impressive form for Lille in Ligue 1 this season, scoring 12 goals and assisting five in 19 appearances, and has attracted interest not only from Arsenal but Chelsea and Spurs as well.

Reports have stated in the past that Pepe is happy to remain at Lille for the remainder of the season, while club owner Gerard Lopez insists the Ivorian forward is not for sale at any price.

However, when asked how much it wold cost for the Ligue 1 side to sell Pepe next month, manager Luis Campos told French media outlet Telefoot (as reported by Sky Sports):

“€80m. But [any club] will also have to convince the player.”

Arsenal may well look at other options upfront this winter, but a move for Pepe (despite his asking price) is still very much a possibility in January.

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