Arsenal favourites to sign Lille's Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe

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Arsenal have emerged as the favourites to sign exciting Lille winger Nicolas Pepe in January according to Mercato365.

The Ivory Coast international’s start to the 2018/19 Ligue 1 season has forced some of the big European clubs to sit up and take notice.

Pepe has scored nine goals and five assists in 15 matches for far in this campaign and his excellent output in front of goal has landed him on Arsenal’s shopping list as they aim to strengthen their attack during the winter transfer window.

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Chelsea steal march on Man United and Liverpool in Pulisic race after first bid

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Rising star: Christian Pulisic.

Chelsea are said to be leading the race for Borussia Dortmund sensation Christian Pulisic after being the first among the interested parties to launch an official bid.

The Evening Standard claim the Blues have offered below Dortmund’s £70m asking price, beating both Manchester United and Liverpool to the punch.

All three Premier League clubs have been monitoring the American’s progress.

Negotiations over signing a new contract with Dortmund have stalled and Pulisic’s first choice remains a move to Liverpool where he would be reunited with former coach Jurgen Klopp.

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Barcelona and Arsenal target Rabiot to begin talks with interested clubs

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Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot’s negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a possible contract extension have broken down, claims RMC Sport.

The France midfielder has however attracted plenty of interest from Premier League clubs while Barcelona have long been in the race for his signature.

Rabiot is now expected to begin talks with those clubs with Arsenal and Tottenham in the mix.

The 23-year-old will be able to leave PSG as a free agent at the end of the season and his preferred destination is Barcelona.

Rabiot appears to be destined to leave the French capital after missing training on Saturday and then the game against Bordeaux on Sunday for ‘personal reasons’.

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