According to various reports this evening, Arsenal have reached an agreement with Nice for the season-long loan of Nicolas Pepe.
The Ivorian will head to the south of France to rekindle his love affair with Ligue 1 three years after joining the Gunners from Lille for a club-record £72 million fee.
It’s claimed that Nice will not have an option to buy the player next summer meaning this is very much a temporary fix as we look to get a portion of Pepe’s wages off the books for the next 12 months.
Nicolas Pépé arrive à Nice
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The winger is expected to undertake his medical in the next 48 hours and could be a Nice player in time to face Marseille on Sunday.
In addition to shifting the 27-year-old, the Gunners are also trying to sort moves for Hector Bellerin and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Things will likely go to the wire with suitors hoping Arsenal will drop their asking price or even, in the case of the Spaniard, come to an agreement to terminate his contract.
In terms of incomings, the Gunners are in talks with Pedro Neto’s representatives but no offer to Wolves has been made. Villarreal’s Yeremy Pino is another name believed to be on Mikel Arteta’s shopping list while transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claims we also covet Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby.
Despite The Times claiming Uefa are keeping tabs of Arsenal’s spending, it sounds as though we’re not in any danger of breaching existing FFP rules.