Nicolas Pepe admits he is flattered to be linked with Arsenal even if he knew nothing about the rumours before the reporter asked him about them.

“A preference between Dortmund, Bayern or Arsenal? They’re all big clubs, I was not aware of these rumours, although it’s nice,” Pepe said when asked about the rumours.

“Leave Lille at the end of the season? We do not even know what I’ll be doing tomorrow!” he added.

Arsenal told Lille in August that they’re planning a January bid to sign 23-year-old Nicolas Pepe, according to a report in France, but now they’re facing increasing competition for the winger.

Lille's Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe (up) flies over Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar (down) after vying for the ball during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Lille (LOSC) at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, November 2, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Lille’s Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe (up) flies over Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar (down) after vying for the ball during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Lille (LOSC) at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, November 2, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) 

Le10Sport claimed Arsenal made it clear to the Ligue 1 side in August that they were planning to come back with an official bid in the January window for the right winger. There were various barriers to a move back then, including the Gunners restricted summer budget and, more importantly, the early Premier League deadline.

Since telling Lille of their interest though, Pepe has been on fire for his current side. He has eight goals and seen assists in 13 matches this season.

Now, there is plenty of interest coming in from elsewhere.

The media have linked FC Barcelona to a move in recent weeks and Bayern Munich are reportedly also ‘looking more and more closely’ at the situation.

For a while, Pepe’s price tag was set at around £30m, but after these recent developments, the French media now price him closer to €50m (£44m).

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