Liverpool target opts to join Arsenal on 5-year contract after £81m deal is agreed

By on July 27, 2019

We’re now at the business end of the summer transfer window and managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Here, Arsenal are leading the race to sign Nicolas Pepe….

Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe has opted to join Arsenal on a five-year contract in a deal that will be worth around £81m, according to reports in Italy.

Pepe played a starring role for Lille last season as he contributed 23 goals and 12 assists to help them finish second in Ligue 1, earning him a reputation as one of the hottest attacking talents in Europe this summer.

The 24-year-old’s sensational form has attracted interest from a number of clubs with L’Equipe, via GFFN, reporting on Friday that Arsenal, Liverpool, Napoli and Inter Milan had all agreed to meet Lille £72m [€80m] asking price.

Jurgen Klopp has publicly played down his interest in Pepe but various reports suggest the Liverpool boss is keen to lure him to Anfield as he looks to bring in support for the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane next season.

Napoli have also been touted as one of the front-runners with Pepe’s agents spotted in Naples late last week but it looks like it’s Arsenal who’ve won the race to sign the talented Ivory Coast international.

beIN Sports journalist Tancredi Palmeri reported this morning that Arsenal have offered a deal worth a total of £81m – which includes £72m to Lille and £9m in commission to the agents – and have offered Pepe a lucrative 5-year contract.

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This information was supported by Fabrizio Romano – who works for the likes of Sky Sports and the Guardian – as he also claims Arsenal are in advanced negotiations to sign Pepe with Napoli unable to agree personal terms with the player.

CalcioMercato have now provided an update and they claim Pepe has accepted Arsenal’s contract and is now set for a move to North London after snubbing Napoli in favour of a move to the Premier League.

The Italian publication suggests Arsenal’s commission payments to the agent have played a key role in getting a deal agreed while they say Pepe will earn around £5.4m-per-season net at the Emirates Stadium.

Unai Emery has been desperately trying to add a versatile winger to his squad this summer and it looks like the Arsenal boss has turned his attention to Pepe after failing to agree terms for Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha.

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Let’s see how things develop over the coming days but the Italian media certainly believe that Pepe is on the verge of joining Arsenal in what would be a club record deal.

***UPDATE*** The BBC are now also reporting that Arsenal have reached an agreement to sign Pepe and they expect the deal to be announced within 48 hours.

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7 Comments

  1. James Russell

    July 27, 2019 at 10:48 am

    You have to wonder where Pepe’s head is at? you would think a player with so many admirers would want CL football, didn’t his old club secure CL football next season?as for Arsenal, they have already some very good strikers and as an observer, perhaps it’s at the back they need to strengthen? newspaper reports aren’t always accurate and it’s probably wishful thinking, however nothing surprises me at all anymore, maybe Kronke has listened to the Arsenal fans at lst and given them something to cheer about, let’s face it, they pay their good money to the usurpers who own the club!

    • bilbelte

      July 27, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Staying in his club was not an option, CL for lille does not matter. And it is a no brainer to go to arsenal over Liverpool. Should he go to liverpool and warm the bench for mane and salah? In Arsenal he only has to pip Iwobi, and perhaps the loan player from real, which is gone in a year. So he gets LW as a starter in Arsenal. And french players usually need 1 season to adapt, so Arsenal and europa league will be a good first step.

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  3. Abdul Ganiyu Iddrisu

    July 27, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Pepe is a good player I’d wish arsenal will go in for Everton Soares cos his valuation isn’t that higher and we can afford him.we all saw what he did in the Copa America cup and moreover we are not having many teams to compete us and he’s a good player too.come on!! Arsenal let’s look sharp n go in for Everton Soares.

  4. Uwot?

    July 27, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Hello peeps!screw palace.next up Tierney!???

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  6. colin mclinden

    July 27, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    lets get 1 thing straight hes not choosing arsenal ove lfc ,why would he the gunners are a club on the way down,they r a disgrace,they tried to unsettle zaha,then put in an insulting bid,yet here they r spending money they pretended not to have so they could screw palace,i would be ashamed of my club if it acted like this

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