Arsenal look for buyers for £72m Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe has been unable to make the expected impact at the Emirates Stadium since joining the club from Lille in 2019.

Arsenal are looking for buyers for 28-year-old and have no intention of reintegrating the club-record acquisition into their starting lineup for the upcoming season. 

Pepe, who cost £72 million to acquire by Arsenal in the summer of 2019, played the 2022–23 season on loan at Nice of France. 

With only one year of the 28-year-old’s contract with Arsenal left, the North London club hopes a buyer will step forward soon.

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However, the winger is one of the higher-paid employees at Arsenal. Since his contract only has a year left, it may be canceled at the end of the summer transfer season. 

Arsenal hopes to prevent that from happening and instead earn a transfer fee for a player who initially brought the team so much joy. 

Nice is not anticipated to pursue a long-term transfer for Pepe after declaring last week that it was the “end of the Nice adventure” for the Ivory Coast international. Pepe participated in 28 games for the French team while scoring eight goals. 

Pepe is one of the few first-team players still with Arsenal who were acquired before Mikel Arteta’s hiring in December 2019.