Arsenal offer €80m for Nicolas Pepe
French broadcaster Telefoot have broken a huge story on Saturday night.
Arsenal, who have so far struggled in the transfer market, have made a dramatic move to sign Nicolas Pepe.
TF1 believe that Arsenal have offered Lille a staggering €80 million to sign Pepe.
— Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) July 13, 2019
Will Arsenal manage to sign Nicolas Pepe?
Telefoot seem to have doubts.
Firstly, it’s noticeable that Telefoot remind readers that Arsenal only finished in fifth in last season’s Premier League.
Secondly, the report notes that Inter Milan are interested, while “other big European clubs” could show their hands in the “coming days”.
Can Arsenal afford to sign Nicolas Pepe?
According to widespread reports this summer, Unai Emery only has around 40 million pounds to spend on new recruits.
So how can Arsenal afford to offer Lille €80m for Nicolas Pepe?
Telefoot fail to address that key issue, leaving readers with a couple of possibilities.
Arsenal could structure their Pepe offer so that they only pay a small amount up-front, with the majority of the payment coming in later installments.
Alternatively, Arsenal may be preparing to offload one of their star players to raise funds for Pepe.
If you were wondering why all of the big clubs are in for Nicolas Pepe… pic.twitter.com/t2ezmcYnxD
— Goal (@goal) March 11, 2019
What does Nicolas Pepe want?
Nicolas Pepe is now on vacation, after competing with the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.
Telefoot note that Pepe “hasn’t yet made his decision on his future.”
However, with all of that said, it’s reported that Pepe wants to join PSG if Neymar ends up leaving the club.
3️⃣8️⃣ games 🇫🇷
2️⃣2️⃣ goals ⚽️
1️⃣1️⃣ assists 🅰️
Birthday boy Nicolas Pepe has had some season, and he’s only turning 24! 🔥pic.twitter.com/akE8I7WryO
— Goal (@goal) May 29, 2019
David Ornstein on Arsenal & Nicolas Pepe
The BBC have refuted the Telefoot report.
Sources tell @BBCSport Arsenal have not submitted a bid for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe and do not have the level of money being reported (€80m) to sign the Ivory Coast international this summer #LOSC #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 13, 2019