Nicolas Pepe can end an ongoing trend at Arsenal if he completes a £25m summer transfer


Here we go again, same old Arsenal but just a different player before a transfer window. However, this summer could mark the end of a trend that has become familiar to the club in recent years.

The one thing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi all have in common is that they are four of the most expensive signings in Gunners history – the former duo, at one time given, holding the honor of being the club’s record signing.

Of course, none of the foursome are at Arsenal at the moment and it won’t be lost on the fans that not a penny has been received for either with the rare swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sanchez proving to be the only time the club got something. in return in addition to saving millions on salaries.

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Alexandre Lacazette – a £46.5million arrival from Lyon in 2017 – could be added to that list before too long. The Frenchman is out of contract in June and amid talks over the Gunners signing Gabriel Jesus and Tammy Abraham this summer, it looks like the 30-year-old will be available on a free transfer.

If this scenario occurs, then exactly half of Arsenal’s most expensive signings will be gone without the club receiving a fee and the only difference being that Lacazette will be the first to leave at the end of his contract instead of agree to a mutual termination like Aubameyang. , Ozil and Mustafi.

Although Nicolas Pepe can end this particular trend. The Ivory Coast international is the club’s record signing after joining Lille for £72million in the summer of 2019 following an impressive season where only Paris Saint-Germain ace Kylian Mbappe outclassed him in the whole division.

But after nearly three full seasons in north London, all signs point to a parting of ways once the summer transfer window opens with reports claiming Arsenal are ready to entertain offers for the 26-year-old then that he is looking to generate funds to bolster Mikel Arteta’s first team.

Furthermore, it has been stated that the Gunners are resigned to taking a loss on Pepe and would happily accept an offer of around £25million which is a good price considering the winger has transfer value. estimated at €20-30m (£16m-£25m) depending on the CIES Football Observatory.

In truth, it was still unlikely that Arsenal would recoup anything close to the £72million paid to Lille to secure the winger’s signature and with Pepe soon to have two years left on his contract, the club are entering the infamous famous “sign”. or sell territory.

Naturally, clarity over his future will be a priority for Arteta and technical director Edu from the end of the season and if the pair can demand a fee for Pepe it will be a step in the direction given how few clubs there are. received for their other big-budget recruits.

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