Arsenal slammed Nicolas Pepe demand as Sevilla weigh transfer

Arsenal may have found a buyer for Nicolas Pepe in the summer transfer window but the Gunners are suffering a significant loss on the fee paid three years ago

Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe could leave Arsenal this summer after three years

Arsenal may sack Nicolas Pepe in the summer transfer window after Sevilla emerged as a potential suitor for the winger.

Pepe has endured a poor season with the Gunners, who are poised to overhaul their roster in the off-season. The 26-year-old has contributed just three goals and five assists in 21 games for Mikel Arteta’s side, who are open to the prospect of selling him this summer.

The Ivory Coast international was signed from Lille in July 2019 for a club-record £72million and has two years left on his £140,000-a-week contract. These figures put Arsenal at a disadvantage in the transfer market and mean that if they manage to sell it will come at a huge loss.

Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi is known for seeing the value in the market and is loud Super Deporte He has already contacted Arsenal about Pepe’s availability. But while Sevilla are weighing the idea of ​​signing him, they have drawn a line in the sand when it comes to the transfer fee as Monchi is ready to play hard ball.

The sun reported last month that Arsenal would be willing to do £25million deals this summer to cut their losses and recoup some of the money they splashed out three years ago, rather than allowing Pepe to end his contract . French clubs Marseille and Lyon were previously linked on a trial basis.

Arteta has played in right midfield against Bukayo Saka this season and also has youngsters like Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe capable of playing in wide positions. As a result, Pepe has only started five Premier League games all season.

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Pepe’s downfall was underscored on Sunday when he made a rare appearance from the bench to replace Saka in the second half against Leeds. He tried to make some impact and then was seen be given a dressing by Arsenal manager Albert Stuivenberg after the final whistle after a late-stage error.

His sale would help provide valuable funds to Arsenal, who will be very busy in the summer, with two forwards, a midfielder and full-backs all believed to be on the shopping list. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gone and Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette soon out of contract, attacking is a clear priority for sporting director Edu.

If he leaves, Pepe could be part of an exodus from north London, with backup goalkeeper Bernd Leno and current loanees Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Hector Bellerin, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Pablo Mari and Konstantinos Mavropanos all potentially up for sale. Arsenal spent over £150m on six new players last summer and a similar recruitment campaign could follow ahead of the 2022/23 season, especially if Arsenal should seal their Champions League return as expected.

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