Lille officially tell Gunners boss Unai Emery £57 million Arsenal target Pepe ‘will be sold’ this summer
Lille president Gerard Lopez says Nicolas Pepe will be sold next season, with Arsenal just one of a number of clubs interested in a possible transfer deal.
Despite having the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexnadre Lacazette on the books at the Emirates, Gunners boss Unai Emery is seeking to add more strength in depth t his front line with another forward, as he wants to keep the 37-goal duo firmly on their toes in the coming windows.
And one name that has been mentioned about a possible move to London is that of Pepe, as the 23-year-old Pepe is among the most highly-rated forwards in Europe and his transfer value is estimated at more than 50 million euros ($57 million).
Pepe has scored 19 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions this season and has been tipped to become one of the most deadly strikers in the game.
Now Arsenal have been handed a massive boost in their chase to land the highly-sought after striker after Lopez announced that Pepe will indeed be sold this soming summer.
“Four or five players will leave this summer. Nicolas Pepe’s departure is certain,” Lopez told French soccer show Telefoot on Sunday.
“He’s entering a price (salary) range we can no longer pay. He will have a lot of choices.”
Pepe is showing great potential and is just the sort of young striker that could develop into something special, if he makes the right career move and the fact Arsenal play the kind of football that he thrives in, means he could be a very good fit for the Gunners.
Pepe is destined for the big time and his £57 million price tag could be a big investment for any club that signs him, it will just be a case of whom offers the club and the player the most, as money talks in football right now.
However, Arsenal have two of the best strikers in world football right now and also have the very talented Reiss Nelson coming back at the end of the season, so do they really need to splash £57 million to try and secure a transfer deal for another striker?
The answer is no they don’t and the Gunners should focus on the areas that are a problem for the club, not an area that they are already world class in.