Nicolas Pepe completes record move from Lille to Arsenal, Arsenal have completed the signing of Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille for a club-record fee.
Fans Scope understands the Gunners have paid £72m for the 24-year-old, who reportedly signed a five-year deal.
After confirming Pepe’s signing, Unai Emery said: “Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.
“Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining. He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.”
Pepe had an outstanding season with Lille in 2018/19, scoring 23 goals and registering 12 assists in 41 games.
The pacy, left-footed winger proved he also has plenty of end product last season, scoring 22 times in Ligue 1 and racking up 11 assists as Lille finished second in the table behind Paris Saint-Germain. While nine of those goals came from the penalty spot, Pepe’s trademark finish has become a left-foot finish after cutting in from the right wing.
The highlight of Pepe’s season may well have been his goal and two assists in the 5-1 demolition of PSG in April and only PSG’s Kylian Mbappe (33 goals) scored more than the Lille ace during that campaign.
Arsenal are understood to have beaten Napoli to Pepe’s signature, and the forward will wear the number 19 shirt at the Emirates.He becomes the Gunners’ fourth signing of the summer, following Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba, who will spend the season on loan at Saint-Etienne.
It was reported earlier this summer that Arsenal’s budget was around £45m after missing out on qualifying for the Champions League. So, what’s really going on? We look at the key questions surrounding Arsenal’s move for Pepe and their transfer budget…