Arsenal news: Guillem Balague confirms transfer approach for Danny Welbeck replacement | Football | Sport
Unai Emery has been forced to rethink his January transfer plans following Danny Welbeck’s horror injury.
Welbeck has undergone surgery after breaking his ankle and suffering severe ligament damage in Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League last week.
And with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette Emery’s only real striker options, Balague claims the Arsenal boss is ready to spend.
He claims Arsenal have approached Lille over the possibility of landing the 23-year-old, however, the Ligue 1 side are asking for around £43m.
“He’s one of those players that have had a great start to the season,” Balague said of Pepe on his YouTube channel.
“He’s scored eight goals already, nine assists and he’s got a great ability with his left foot.
“He’s mostly left-footed, plays on the right-hand side but also on the left-hand side.
“It’s mostly from wide areas coming inside that makes him special and it’s what he does with the ball in small spaces that makes him special.
“That’s why Arsenal are looking into the possibility of signing him. Yes, they’ve approached Lille.
“He cost about €15m (£13m) when he came from Angers, right now Lille will be asking for €50m (£43m).
“I’m not sure he is that value yet but certainly he is on the way up.
“How he scores is getting into the box and being found but he can also dribble and create by himself.
“He’s a top, top player that I’m convinced he will come to the Premier League and he will score as well.
“He has to shake up a little bit. Some of the excess driving with the ball that he does, the excessive dribbling that he does as well.
“But he’s got such quick feet, fantastic player.
“Keep an eye on him, he will end up in the Premier League I’m sure.”
Pepe, who has netted eight goals and chipped in with seven assists in Ligue 1 this season, recently responded to rumours linking him with a move away from Lille.
The Ivory Coast international said: “A preference between Dortmund, Bayern or Arsenal?
“They’re all big clubs, I was not aware of these rumours, although it’s nice.
“Leave Lille at the end of the season? We do not even know what I’ll be doing tomorrow!”