Arsenal set £72m expense to sign Nicolas Pepe
Lille president Gerard Lopez affirmed on Friday Napoli had concurred an arrangement for the 24-year-old winger, however, Arsenal seem to have bested the Italian side by offering unrivaled terms.
Napoli were eager to pay Pepe £3.6m every year, except with the Ivory Coast international looking for a £4.5m yearly pay, Arsenal have made a more grounded offer.
Lopez, the Lille president, disclosed: "We've had enthusiasm from three UK clubs alongside clubs from Spain and a number in Italy.
"We do have associations with a decent few of those clubs where we feel the player would be most appropriate and we offer our recommendation, anyway we can't do anything if the player wouldn't like to go, so it's currently the player's choice."
Arsenal's attention had been on signing Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha for a comparable charge, however, Lille's readiness to get a lower expense forthright with the rest in portions makes a move for Pepe all the more monetarily reasonable.
This could make a way for Everton to get Zaha this summer.It is comprehended the Toffees are likewise ready to incorporate a player in any potential arrangement with Palace for Zaha, who is quick to test himself at another club following four-and-a-half years at Selhurst Park.
A deal for Pepe would obscure the club-record £60m Arsenal paid for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018.
Alongside Arsenal, Manchester United have additionally been connected with Pepe, who scored 22 goals and contributed 11 assists Ligue 1 last season.
"Pepe will return from his occasions on Monday and I feel that he will make his mind up part of the way as the week progressed," Lopez included.
"We requested that he remain a year ago and guaranteed him we would have released him during this transfer window."