Premier League champions Manchester City have already beaten Arsenal on the pitch this season and they are about to repeat the same feat off it following the news that they have already made an enquiry about the availability of a Gunners’ transfer target.
According to a specific report from trusted English news outlet The Times, the Premier League holders are strongly interested in signing Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.
The 23-year-old has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium with various media reports claiming that the North Londoners have assigned a budget of €50m (£44m) for his transfer.
The Ivorian international winger has been in impressive form for his French Ligue 1 side for the better part of the last two years.
Pepe scored 13 goals and provided five others in 36 league appearances for Lille in the last campaign.
He was a key performer for the former French champions last season And his goals were crucial as Lille escaped demotion from the French top flight.
The Ivorian has already scored eight goals and had seven assists in just 12 league games in the new French Ligue 1 season.
He’s also a crucial part of the Ivory Coast team and has scored three goals in nine appearances for his country.
Guardiola, Rummenigge In Feud Over Arsenal Target
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his former employers at Bayern have been involved in a war of words over winger Leroy Sane.
Bayern Munich have been constantly linked with Manchester City winger Sane for the majority of this summer and their pursuit has led to some sort of tension between Guardiola and the Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Sane was previously linked to Arsenal at the earlier part of this summer’s transfer window.
On the pursuit of Sane, Pep Guardiola warned Bayern Munich to stay off his player during his press conference at the Premier League Asia Trophy at the weekend.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge while responding to the Manchester City manager in an interview monitored by The Sun took a swipe at the Spanish tactician.
The Bayern Munich supremo implied that Pep Guardiola is not aware of a lot of things at Manchester City.
Leroy Sane is attracting serious interest from the German champions who are looking for wing replacements for veterans Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben.
Ribery and Robben left the Bavarian giants at the end of last season shortly after they helped the team to a seventh successive league title.
Both players were on target in their final game for Bayern Munich.
Arsenal Dealt Big Blow In Wilfried Zaha Chase
North London giants Arsenal have received a major transfer setback in their quest to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha during the current transfer window.
According to The Sun, Crystal Palace are reluctant to sell the player to Arsenal unless the Gunners meet their £80m valuation.
The Eagles would only be interested in lowering their financial demands for a Champions League playing club.
Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League for the third successive season at the end of last season.
The Gunners finished outside the Champions League places at the end of last season.
Only the top four Premier League places guarantee Champions League football.
Arsenal missed out via a fifth-place finish at the end of the season.
The Gunners could have also qualified for Champions League football via the Europa League.
Arsenal were beaten 4-1 by London rivals Chelsea in the final of the competition.
Zaha has talked up his dream move to Arsenal having pointed out in one of his earlier interviews that he supported the North Londoners as a boy.
The 26-year-old has already told Crystal Palace officials that this summer is the right time for him to leave the club despite signing a new contract as early as last year.
£55m Arsenal Bid Turned Down For Star Player
Europa League finalist Arsenal have had a second his turned down for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha according to the latest reports emanating from the media in the United Kingdom (UK).
Ivorian international Zaha is the top transfer target for the Gunners and they are hopeful of landing their man between now and the end of the transfer window scheduled for the second week of next month.
Arsenal have less than three weeks to pull off a deal for the former Manchester United star.
The Premier League transfer window is expected to close on the 8th of August.
According to the Independent, Arsenal have made a £55m bid for Zaha but it was turned down by Crystal Palace who have slapped an asking price of £80m on him.
The said £55m bid includes £10m in add-ons while the Gunners also proposed the addition of a loan deal for one of the Arsenal youngsters like Bukayo Saka or Reiss Nelson.
The new Arsenal bid is £45m plus £10m totaling £55m.
Wilfried Zaha has been a key player for Crystal Palace since his return to the club from Manchester United five years ago but he has told senior club officials that he wants to join Arsenal this summer.
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