North London giants Arsenal will have to fend off threats from Premier League champions Manchester City on their pursuit of highly rated Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.
The Gunners have repeatedly been touted as a potential destination for the Ivorian international player but they have to see off Premier League rivals Manchester City if they are to win the race for the player.
The publication from French news outlet Infofoot via hitc claim that English top-flight champions Manchester City have joined Arsenal in the bid to prise the 23-year-old away from French Ligue 1 giants Lille.
Nicolas Pepe has been in sensational form for Lille dating back to last season.
He was a key player for Lille as they escaped relegation from the French top flight at the end of the last campaign.
His goal contributions this term have led Lille to the Champions League places on the French Ligue 1 table.
Arsenal are targeting Pepe as a replacement for the injured Danny Welbeck.
Three Lions of England international Danny Welbeck will miss the rest of the season after sustaining a serious ankle injury during the Europa League clash with Portuguese champions Sporting Lisbon.
The former Manchester United player underwent two surgeries shortly after the injury