Arsenal facing battle with Chelsea and Tottenham for £45m Nicolas Pepe in Jan after Lille winger's stunning goalscoring start to season

Both Chelsea and Tottenham are ready to make their move for the Ligue One top scorer.

Pepe, 23, is equalling Kylian Mbappe's record with 12 but leads the charts by virtue of assists.

Lille know they may be forced to cash in on their star but are fully aware they can drive a hard bargain before letting him go.

And they will hold out for £45million according to the Star.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is eager to bolster his front line and find a long-term replacement for Danny Welbeck.

The England striker, who is crocked long-term, is set to leave on a free at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Manchester City have sparked interest in Pepe after the Prem champions sent scouts to watch the winger in action against Reims earlier this month.

It is claimed that Pep Guardiola could look to sign him in January before loaning him back to Lille for the duration of the season.

And Barcelona have Pepe on their seven-man shortlist to replace Luis Suarez.

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