Earlier this month, we relayed news from France that Arsenal were interested in Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, while talking about interest from other clubs across Europe.

Thursday’s edition of Mundo Deportivo has a story about the winger and it claims that Real Betis and Sevilla were not the only two La Liga clubs interested in the 23-year-old.

The report highlights how Barcelona’s interest is talked about by the French media and the Catalan newspaper claims ‘it’s true’ that the Blaugrana are after the player.

Spanish champions’ technical secretary Eric Abidal and others consider the possibility of bringing the Ivory Coast international to Camp Nou as ‘very, very interesting’. The former Angers man has impressed for Christophe Galtier’s side this season, scoring four goals and registering three assists in five appearances in the Ligue 1. 

Pepe’s contract with is current employers runs down in 2022 and should he join Ernesto Valverde’s side, the wideman will compete with Ousmane Dembele and Malcom for a place in the starting lineup.

Mundo Deportivo get their information from a source at Barcelona, and they present the ‘it’s true’ and claim of interest as direct quotes.