BBC Arsenal set to sign “intransferable player” in January after THIRD BID

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Arsenal target Nicolas Pepe has been likened to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by Lille boss Christophe Galtier.

Galteir, who said the forward was “intransferable” earlier this month could not refrain from praising the 23-year-old after he scored his sixth goal of the season in the 3-1 win over Saint-Etienne.

Galtier, who managed Aubameyang at St-Etienne, described Pepe in his post-match interview to Le10 Sport: “Yes. I have already met a player like that during my career, some even, including Aubam.”

The right winger, who also has six assists this term, has been linked with Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Barcelona and the Gunners.

Galtier recently claimed the Ligue 1 club want to keep him until at least next summer.

“Some clubs have contacted us directly after the transfer window to know what the state of play is,” he said. “Nicolas has become an intransferable player. I know that the president wants to keep him all season, and Nicolas also wants to stay for the full season.”

Reports last month suggested Arsenal had made contact with the player’s representatives ahead of a possible move to Emirates Stadium.

However, French publication Telefoot has since claimed that United have joined the race for his signature after the club sent scouts to check on him in recent weeks.