Arsenal ‘are ready to take a £47MILLION loss on club-record signing Nicolas Pepe after offering him to Premier League rivals with West Ham showing interest’ in the out-of-favour Gunners winger
- Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal for £72million from French side Lille in 2019
- He has struggled to live up to this price-tag during his three years at the club
- Arsenal are now offering him to other Premier League sides for just £25m
- West Ham are reportedly keen on signing the winger to bolster their squad
Arsenal are reportedly prepared to sell Nicolas Pepe for a cut-price fee this summer, ending his underwhelming three-year stay at Emirates Stadium.
Pepe became the Gunners’ record signing in 2019 when he joined from Lille for £72million.
He has rarely found his best form in England, though, and the north London club appear to have run out of patience with him.
Nicolas Pepe has been unable to live up to his price-tag since arriving at Arsenal
Mikel Arteta appears ready to sell him for just £25million in the summer transfer window
They are ready to offload Pepe for just £25m in the upcoming transfer window, and have been offering him to other Premier League clubs, as revealed by The Express.
Should they receive their asking price for the winger, it would mean that Arsenal will have lost a staggering £47m on Pepe.
It is understood that West Ham have been showing interest in signing the 26-year-old Ivorian.
West Ham are believed to be keen on Pepe as David Moyes looks to strengthen his squad
David Moyes has called for his side to become European regulars after their run to the semi-finals of the Europa League this term, suggesting he wants to add strength in depth to his squad to enable the Hammers to continue to flourish on multiple fronts.
Bringing in Pepe could provide competition for the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma.
Pepe has been restricted to just five Premier League starts in 2021-22, having fallen behind Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli in the pecking order for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Pepe has fallen behind Bukayo Saka (right) and Gabriel Martinelli (left) in the pecking order
His last top flight start came on October 18 against Crystal Palace, and despite making 17 league appearances in total this season, he has only registered a solitary goal and one assist.
‘It is frustrating not to play,’ Pepe said back in March while on international duty with Ivory Coast. ‘No player enjoys not playing but I have to respect the coach’s decision.
‘When a team is winning it is hard for a coach to make changes. Mikel has explained that and I know I have to work hard in training to get more playing time. The coach knows what I think and how hard I am working.’