Arsenal have become keen on signing Porto winger Pepe as a possible replacement for current attacker Nicolas Pepe, according to a recent report.

The Ivorian star has struggled to hit the ground running since signing for the Emirates Stadium outfit for around £72 million from the Ligue 1 side Lille in August 2019, netting 27 goals in 110 games in all competitions.

Doubts around the player’s future at the club have begun to increase this term, and with rumours that the Gunners will look to cash in in the summer, it is likely that a successor will be required.

This has led to an interest in Dragoes man, according to A Bola, with the Portuguese publication reporting that the winger’s £43 million release clause is likely to be triggered in the upcoming transfer market.

The 25-year-old signed for the Primeira Liga champions from Gremio for about £13.5 million last summer and has gone on to rack up 40 appearances this season, scoring six goals and picking up five assists.

However, much of the South American’s impressive showings have arrived since Luis Diaz quit the club to join Liverpool in the winter, with Pepe stepping up to cover the loss of the Colombia international in recent months.