Arsenal are close to completing the club-record signing of winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille.

The 24-year-old scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last year and is now on the verge of completing a reported £72m move to the Emirates Stadium.

Pepe had been previously linked with the likes of Manchester United and Napoli but the Gunners emerged as somewhat surprise frontrunners over the weekend.

The Ivory Coast International started his professional career with Angers and has shone since joining Lille in 2017.

The overall fee will eclipse Arsenal's previous record - £55m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January 2018 - and the Arsenal club are expected to pay in installments

Meanwhile, Lille have been linked with Warford's Dodi Lukebakio as a replacement for Pepe.

Europa League finalists Arsenal have made three signings so far this summer.

Striker Gabriel Martinelli, 18, joined earlier in the window before a season-long loan deal for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos was announced last week.

The signing of William Saliba from St Etienne was confirmed just hours after Ceballos but the 18-year-old France youth international will spend the next season back on loan at the Ligue 1 outfit.

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