Arsenal target Pepe Nicolas is reportedly the target of a record transfer from Bayern Munich, the winger Ivory Coast has enjoyed a spectacular season with Lille Fc and is expected to depart this summer as the French club look to cash in.
But according to mirror sport uk, the Bundesliga giants have already tabled an offer of around £70m to try and secure the talented 23-year-old.
Interestingly, Bayern’s jersey sponsor Adidas are reportedly set to help them finance the deal, which would be a record Bundesliga and Ligue 1 fee. Scouts from the German side have been watching Pepe throughout the season, with chief scout Laurent Busser in the stands to watch him in their 1-1 draw with Strasbourg at the end of February.
The Ivory Coast Pepe Nicolas has scored 17 goals and assisted 10 this season, attracting interest from around Europe with the Gunners who are seriously linked with a move in January. Manchester United and Barcelona are also mentioned as possible destinations – but Bayern want to convince Lille Fc to accept their bid early before other sides have chance to respond. Bayern have pinpointed the Ivory Coast Pepe Nicolas as their perfect replacement for departing Arjen Robben and it appears Unai Emery may now struggle to land his man.
His January signing Denis Suarez, has struggled to make an impact on the right wing and there are reports they might reject the chance to sign him permanently in the summer. That would have made he Ivory Coast Pepe Nicolas a bigger target than ever – yet his value is rising as a result of Bayern Fc interest and he may be out of range for Emery as he looks set to work with a tight budget in the transfer window.