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Lille give Pepe update and say Gunners deal is close

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Lille president Gerard Lopez says he expects Arsenal to complete the signing of winger Nicolas Pepe in the next 24 hours.

Ivory Coast International Pepe scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last year and had been previously linked with the likes of Manchester United and Napoli.

However, the 24-year-old is now on the verge of completing a move to the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal and Lille agreed a fee of £73million.

Any deal is expected to include Arsenal paying in instalments, while the overall fee will eclipse Arsenal’s previous record – £55million for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018.

Speaking to French media outlet RMC Sport on Wednesday, Lille president Lopez said:

‘He is the one who made the decision, I think it should be (confirmed) in the next 24 hours. ‘It is 80m euro fixed. If we pushed this deal out a little bit longer, we could have had five or six offers of the same nature. ‘In talking with Nicolas and his agents, the discussion centred on a few clubs so we preferred to focus on the projects that interested the player.’