Arsenal are getting close to make official the signing of Nicolas Pepe from Lille, which has made the Gunners fans really happy ahead of next season. While an official announcement is yet to be made, we could see Pepe already wearing the club’s colors in a leaked video.
Even though Arsenal were reported to have a low budget this summer, the North Londoners have made the best use of their possibilities and have landed three good players in Pepe, Dani Ceballos, and William Saliba. To get Pepe to the Emirates Stadium, they have structured payment of the fee over a multi-year period.
Last season the Ivorian winger was marvelous for his side, scoring 22 goals in the Ligue 1, only surpassed by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, while giving 11 assists. Pepe’s great season took Lille to be close to relegation in 2017/18 to second place and Champions League qualification last campaign.
After a great campaign, several teams turned their heads to the winger, including Bayern Munich, Napoli, Liverpool, and Manchester United. Following the signings of Saliba, who returned to Saint-Etienne on loan, and Ceballos, who landed from Madrid on loan, too, Pepe is the third signing of the team this offseason.
Moreover, Unai Emery has stated they are planning on making at least ‘three more signings’ this summer, but those names haven’t been revealed yet. They need to move fast as the end of the transfer window is getting close for the English teams.
Without any hesitation, the English made a great signing with Pepe, which would help them to make it through the top 4 of the Premier League once again after two seasons with not so good results.