Nicolas Pepe: Arsenal close in on £72m deal for Lille winger

Arsenal is hopeful of confirming the £72m membership document signing of Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille later this week.

The 24-year-vintage has arrived in London and could have a scientific on Tuesday earlier than signing a five-yr contract.

The Gunners are also in talks with some of the clubs over the feasible departure of 27-year-antique defender Shkodran Mustafi.

The German, who’s underneath settlement till 2021, wants to live and show himself.

Arsenal is keen to discover an agreement for a loan or everlasting transfer for Mustafi.

Another centre-back possibly heading out of the Emirates is 33-12 months-vintage Frenchman Laurent Koscielny, with talks continuing to clear up his future.

Last season’s captain is training with the beneath-23s and dealing with disciplinary court cases after refusing to travel on Arsenal’s pre-season excursion to America.

Koscielny has a year left on his settlement and wants to be released on an unfastened transfer, however, Gunners boss Unai Emery noticed the defender as a part of his plans for the coming season and will handiest let him leave for an appropriate price.

Koscielny does now not count on gambling for Arsenal again and negotiations with fascinated parties are ongoing.

Arsenal technical director Edu met with the Stade Rennes president Olivier Letang and Koscielny’s representative Stephane Courbis in London on Monday.

The club is looking to bolster invaluable defence earlier than the transfer closing date on 8 August and additionally keep interested in Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.

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