Gunners! Arsenal Set To Sign £72m Nicolas Pepe This Weekend

Lille's Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Lille (LOSC) and Angers (SCO) at the Pierre-Mauroy Stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, northern France, on May 18 2019. (Photo by DENIS CHARLET / AFP) (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal are reported to have reached an agreement to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe for £72million.

Arsenal MVP David Ornstein is claiming that a deal to take theIvory Coast star to the Emirates should be completed this weekend once an agreement is reached with the player’s representatives.

Unai Emery has a limited budget but Ornstein reports that Lille have agreed to accept the fee in instalments to suit the Gunners. Napoli have also agreed a deal with Lille and Pepe’s agent was spotted visiting the Serie A club this week but it is understood that the two parties were unable to reach an agreement.

Reports in France this week have named Arsenal as a possible destination for Pepe, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan also said to have agreed terms with Lille. Arsenal’s capture of Pepe would represent a huge coup for Emery, who has also completed the signings of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba this week. Should Pepe complete a move, it would end Arsenal’s interest in Wilfried Zaha, leaving Everton and Chelsea to battle for the Crystal Palace star.

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