Breaking: Arsenal beat Manchester United in race for €80m transfer

Arsenal are reportedly ahead of Manchester United in the running to seal the transfer of Nicolas Pepe as this long-running saga takes yet another turn.

According to Le 10 Sport, it looks like being a two-way battle between Arsenal and Napoli for Pepe’s signature as Lille look ready to sell their star player for around €80million, though the report also mentions Man Utd and Inter Milan as hovering too.

That fee sounds far too expensive for Arsenal, though it is worth noting that the Telegraph and others continue to link them with a similar style of player who would also be similarly expensive in the form of Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.

Pepe shone in Ligue 1 last season and would be a superb statement signing by the Gunners to improve on the likes of Alex Iwobi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in attack.

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