Arsenal Officially Announces Pepe after the long wait, Arsenal fans are excited by the official announcement.
As reported on the club’s official site and shown in the photo below, the Ivory Coast international will wear the number 19 for his new club, the same he wore at previous employers Lille.
Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Nicolas Pepe in a £72 million ($87m) deal.
The Ivory Coast international becomes the club’s fourth signing of the transfer window and the deal smashes the club’s transfer record, which was previously set by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s £56m ($68m) move from Borussia Dortmund in 2018.
Pepe has been in England since Tuesday morning when he travelled to Arsenal’s training centre at London Colney to undergo a medical and meet his new team-mates.
Pepe’s arrival will be a massive boost to Unai Emery, who has been desperate to bring in a winger who will be able to offer genuine support for Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in the final third.
Arsenal did try to bring in Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, but saw a £40m ($49m) offer knocked back by the south London club.
A second bid was expected, with Zaha keen on a switch to the Emirates, but Palace refused to budge on their £80m ($97m) valuation and were not interested in a deal that would be structured over a number of years.
So Arsenal turned their attention to Pepe, who scored 22 goals for Lille last season and contributed 11 assists.
The Gunners fought off strong competition from Napoli for the winger and it is believed they will pay an initial fee of £20m ($24m) up front before paying off the remainder of the £72m price tag over the five-years of Pepe’s contract.
Pepe follows Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and William Saliba through the door at Arsenal this summer.
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