Unai Emery will abort Arsenal’s plans to sign Nicolas Pepe owing to Lille's financial demands, but the Gunners' boss is lining up two replacements.
Pepe has been on fire in Ligue 1 this season and is fully expected to leave the French club outfit at the end of the season.
The Gunners have held talks to sign the Ivorian winger this summer, but according to France Football, they have been priced out of a deal.
Emery’s summer window budget will be in the region of £30m to £40m depending on whether they achieve Champions League qualification.
And according to the French outlet, the Spaniard has designs on two other wingers who are ‘more realistic targets'.
Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth has been linked with a move to the Emirates and has spoken in glowing terms of the Gunners.
The 25-year-old Scotland international is out of contract next summer and would certainly represent a good value signing for the cash-strapped London club.
Ajax star David Neres is the second player to be linked and he surely will get Arsenal fans more excited as a potential summer signing.
The 22-year-old has caught the eye with a stunning strike against Juventus in the Champions League.
But El Confidencial journalist Kike Marin claims the Dutch outfit are determined to hang on to the Brazilian.
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He tweeted: “Arsenal takes time following the Brazilian David Neres, whose price can be around €40M, although Ajax does not want to sell.”
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