Arsenal Are Ready To Cut Losses on Nicolas Pepe and Move Him On
- Arsenal are said to be ready to sell Pepe after 3 disappointing seasons at the club
- Pepe has failed to replicate his impressive 2018-2019 season at Lille with the North-London club
- The Gunners are looking to consolidate funds to add new talent to the squad ahead of European football next season
Nicolas Pepe has been put on the transfer list by Arsenal. The Ivorian winger is expected to be moved on as Arsenal ready themselves for a summer transfer spree.
Pepe hasn’t quite hit the heights he was expected to when he was bought in 2019. Arsenal paid a club transfer record fee of 72 million euros to Lille. He has been used sparingly this season under Mikel Arteta, with most of his appearances coming from the bench.
The Mirror reports that the Arsenal hierarchy are ready to take a huge hit as they cannot recover the colossal sum, they spent on buying Pepe. The club is looking to add key additions to its squad in preparation for next season’s European football.
Arsenal are certain they will be playing in Europe next season. They are, however, pushing hard to finish in the top four and make a comeback to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in five years.
They are currently in fourth place with 60 points, two ahead of their closest challenger Tottenham Hotspurs.
Pepe's sale could generate funds for summer spending
The sale of Pepe could free up funds for the club to add attacking potential to the side. Manchester City’s striker Gabriel Jesus is understood to be the number one priority. Pepe still has two years on his contract.
The 26-year-old has one Premier League goal to his name in this campaign. He hasn’t started a Premier League game in over six months. He has had to play second fiddle to teenagers Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe
It is understood that Arsenal are ready to settle for a fee of around 25 million euros. Pepe took Ligue 1 by storm in the 2018-2019 season, registering 22 goals and 11 assists. It hasn’t quite worked out for him in North London and it is also said he is keen on a move away.
Arsenal's options in the market
Sports Brief had earlier assessed potential attacking options in the market for Arsenal. Apart from Jesus, names like Victor Osimhen, Tammy Abraham and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are turning heads at the Emirates stadium.
Source: Sports Brief News