Arsenal have made contact with the representatives of Lille star Nicolas Pepe, according to reports in France.
The 23-year-old forward was in scintillating form for the French club last season, bagging 13 goals in 36 Ligue 1 games.
Pepe has begun this season promisingly too, notching his first goal of the season during the opening day victory over Rennes.
His all-round performances have led to suggestions that a big-money move could be on the cards, with Europe’s top clubs closely monitoring his progress.
And, according to Le10 Sport, Arsenal are looking to steal a march on their transfer rivals and have already initiated talks with Pepe’s representatives.
The Ivory Coast international is valued at around £30m and the Gunners are hopeful of luring the in-demand forward to Emirates Stadium when the transfer window reopens in January.
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