Reports this weekend declare that Arsenal have crushed off pageant from Napoli for 24-year-old attacker Pepe after agreeing a €80million (£72m) deal with Lille.
Though the Gunners nonetheless want to finalise an settlement with Pepe’s representatives, an reliable announcement over the Ivorian’s transfer is predicted within the coming days.
Arsenal have already finished offers for Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba this summer time and it appears to be like increasingly more most probably that Pepe would be the subsequent during the doorways on the Emirates.
Amid the idea, Xhaka – who’s the main candidate to be Arsenal’s captain this season – gave the impression to confirm Pepe’s forthcoming transfer.
The Swiss midfielder ‘liked’ a put up from Instagram account ‘433‘ which stated: ‘Arsenal have reached an settlement with Lille for the €80m transfer of Nicolas Pepe.’
Eagle-eyed Arsenal lovers spotted that Emile Smith Rowe had additionally clicked ‘like’ at the put up.
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Arsenal boss Unai Emery insists the membership are taking a look for reinforcements ‘who will improve the squad’ amid rumours of Pepe’s forthcoming arrival.
‘The club is thinking on how we can improve,’ he stated following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon on the Emirates Cup.
‘There are different players on the table. Pepe’s an excellent participant. We simplest need avid gamers who can in point of fact, in point of fact beef up the squad.
‘We want the best players possible for the first game at Newcastle.’
Asked whether or not Arsenal desire a new winger sooner than the tip of the transfer window, Emery answered: ‘Again, we really want players who make the squad better than last year.’