‘It is sure he will leave’: Arsenal target Pepe certain to move on from Lille at the end of the season, claims club president Gerard Lopez
- Arsenal have been linked with Ivory Coast international Pepe, 23
- The winger has scored 19 goals and made 11 assists in Ligue 1 this season
- But Lille cannot afford to keep him, according to club president Gerard Lopez
Lille club president Gerard Lopez has claimed that Ivory Coast winger Pepe will be sold at the end of the season.
Pepe, 23, has been in fine form this season, providing 19 goals and 11 assists in 32 Ligue 1 games.
Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with Pepe and, according to Lopez, he will be available to sign this summer as Lille can no longer afford him.
Arsenal have been linked with Ivory Coast international Pepe, pictured (left) on Sunday night
Pepe scored a goal and set up two more as Lille thrashed Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain
Lopez explained: ‘This summer, I think we will sell four to five players, no more.
‘All clubs are forced to balance their accounts except perhaps one. I would say, it is sure he will leave.
‘He enters a price range that can no longer be paid. There is a career choice for him to make. I think he will have the choice.’
Pepe shone on Sunday night as Lille thrashed PSG 5-1. He scored once and set up two other goals as the shock result delayed the Parisian’s Ligue 1 coronation.
But PSG are still a whopping 17 points clear of second-placed Lille and the league-leaders will be crowned champions on Wednesday if they beat Nantes.
Lille can’t afford to keep Pepe this summer, according to club president Gerard Lopez (above)