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'They’re all big clubs' - Pepe flattered by reported Arsenal & Bayern interest

11:02 GMT 07/11/2018
Nicolas Pepe Lille 2018-19
The Lille forward has been in impressive form this season, scoring eight goals and contributing seven assists in Ligue 1

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe has claimed to be unaware of interest from Arsenal and Bayern Munich but insists it is "nice" to hear about the reported links with "big clubs".

The 23-year-old has registered eight goals and seven assists in 12 Ligue 1 outings - and those performances have naturally led to interest from afar.

Bundesliga duo Bayern and Borussia Dortmund as well as Arsenal are all apparently interested and, according to Telefoot, are willing to match his €50 million (£44m/$57m) valuation.

Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Chelsea are also said to have an interest in the wideman, who has been capped nine times by Ivory Coast.

But as Lille look to sustain their impressive start to the campaign, Pepe is ignoring links with some of Europe's heavyweight clubs.

He said: "A preference between Dortmund, Bayern or Arsenal? They’re all big clubs.

"I was not aware of these rumours, although it’s nice.

"Will I leave Lille at the end of the season? We do not even know what I’ll be doing tomorrow!"

Earlier this season Lille's owner Gerard Lopez confirmed that Barcelona were monitoring Pepe but naturally the French side are keen to keep hold of their prized asset for as long as possible.

But amid their fight for a Champions League place, manager Christophe Galtier says Pepe will not be allowed to leave before the end of the season - though he admitted the club are not "immune" to offers during the January transfer window.

"Nicolas has become an intransferable player," he said in September.

"I know that the president wants to keep him all season, and Nicholas also wants to stay for the full season.

"I think players will join the side, but we're not immune to offers in the winter transfer window."