Arsenal set to complete Nicholas Pepe transfer after agreeing terms with Lille


Arsenal are set to complete the transfer of Nicholas Pepe from Lille after agreeing €80m for the Ivory Coast International.

That is according to BBC Sport journalist David Ornstein has claimed Arsenal are on the brink of landing Pepe.

The north London giants opted out of Wilfried Zaha transfer from Crystal Palace, with the former Manchester United star having a price tag of £80million.

“Arsenal have reached an agreement with Lille to sign Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe for €80m,” David Ornstein wrote on Twitter.

Nicholas Pepe has been in fine form for Lille domestically having scored 22 goals from 38 Ligue 1 matches and contributing 11 assists along the way.

His performances have attracted interest from European giants with Manchester United, Liverpool and Napoli said to be interested in his signature.

Arsenal are restricted when it comes to transfers this summer following Unai Emery’s failure to steer his side into the Champions League qualifying slots, with reports claiming they have a budget as low as £40m.

“Paid by instalments to fit #AFC budget. 5yr deal, agent agreement still needed but set to be closed in next 24/48hrs.” David added.

“Napoli also have agreement with #LOSC but agent rejected proposal.”

Should Arsenal sign the 24-year-old, then that would likely see them give up on Zaha.

But who the Lille star ends up choosing remains to be seen, with Napoli able to offer him Champions League football.

Meanwhile, speaking on Tuesday, Lille chief Gerard Lopez confirmed the player’s exit from the club was nearly done.

“In terms of departures and arrivals, if a player leaves, we will go and get what we need,” he said.


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