Nicolas Pepe revealed the only Premier League team he would join in an interview in 2017 and it was not Arsenal.
The 24-year-old is set to be announced by the Gunners this week in a £72million deal from Lille .
Quotes from an interview have surfaced on the eve of the transfer from when he was still at Angers.
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He said: “Chelsea is a club that would be a dream for me.
“It’s the only club in England that I would sign for.”
The forward would soon join Lille in 2017 when he was signed by then head coach Marcelo Bielsa despite interest from several clubs in England.
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Pepe went on to score 37 goals in 79 games for the Ligue 1 side and was one of the most sought after players in Europe this summer.
Arsenal look to have won the race for his signature as pictures emerged of the 24-year-old taking part in a photoshoot for the club.