Arsenal Told To Pay £72m For Pepe

Lille Chief Names His Price

Nicolas Pepe Arsenal transfer news

Arsenal have been told to pay £72million for the Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

The Gunners were linked earlier this season with the Ivory Coast international who was close to a move away from Lille this summer. Bundesliga side Schalke 04 put in a bid of €20million (at the time worth just under £18million) only to be told that he wouldn’t leave for anything less than €30million (£26million).

Pepe has scored 12 goals and provided five assists for Lille in Ligue 1 this season. But speaking to the French TV programme Telefoot, Lille sporting director Luis Ocampos, suggested that the player’s valuation has more than doubled following his performances this season.

“Pepe – I would sell him for €80million [£72million],” said the Portugese. “But any club would have to convince the player.”

It was claimed last week that Arsenal are in pole position to sign Pepe.
Chelsea are also interested in a player who is in only his second season with Lille having arrived from Angers in 2017.

Juve Lead Race For Ramsey

Juventus want Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on a free transfer next summer. The Wales international has been told he can leave the Emirates when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Sky Italia claims Juve are favourites to sign the 27-year-old. But Calciomercato adds that Inter Milan and AC Milan are both no longer interested in Ramsey. His wage demands are believed to be somewhere in the region of €10million (£9million) – a figure neither side are willing to match.