Arsenal have signed forward Nicolas Pepe from French club Lille for a club-record fee, the Premier League side said on Thursday.

Financial details of the transfer were not revealed but British media reported it was around 72 million pounds, eclipsing the 56 million pounds paid to Borussia Dortmund for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last year.

“Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said in a statement https://www.arsenal.com/news/nicolas-pepe-becomes-record-signing.

“Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.

“He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.”

The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international signed a five-year deal and will wear the number 19 shirt at the London club.

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