According to Fabrizio Romano, Arsenal continues to be thwarted in their attempts to offload Nicolas Pepe and Nuno Tavares.
Pepe had been talking to Turkish side Besiktas about a permanent move but it is now reported that an agreement over salary and contract length couldn’t be reached. As such, both parties walked away from negotiations.
While the Ivorian is surplus to requirements at Emirates Stadium, it’s thought the club aren’t willing to pay off the final year of his contract and continues to hope a small transfer fee can be generated.
Whatever happens, the Gunners are going to take a massive hit on the £72 million paid for the player in 2019.
Interestingly, Besiktas, are also said to be back in for Rob Holding having already had a paltry offer rejected earlier in the window.
Besiktas a entamé des discussions pour essayer de faire venir Rob Holding (Arsenal) #Mercato
— Loïc Tanzi (@Tanziloic) August 21, 2023
Given certain segments of the Turkish football press have a tiresome habit of making sh*t up, it’s hard to know if such talk has any truth to it. For instance, we had a good chuckle at the weekend when we saw one report claiming Galatasaray were willing to spend €10 million on Thomas Partey.
As for Nuno Tavares, he was on Nottingham Forest’s radar but that deal is off. The 23-year-old is now considering other options, including a move to Aston Villa, who are looking at the left-back as an alternative to Sevilla’s Marcos Acuna.
After deal collapsed with Forest, Aston Villa are exploring conditions of deal to sign Nuno Tavares from Arsenal 🟣🔵
Personal terms not discussed yet — as up to the clubs now.
Nuno, alternative option to Marcos Acuna deal with Sevilla for Villa. pic.twitter.com/NOw77kFJzP
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 20, 2023
With 11 days of the transfer window remaining, the futures of Sambi Lokonga, Kieran Tierney, Arthur Okonkwo and Folarin Balogun also need to be resolved. It’s claimed Fulham are interested in the latter having sold Aleksandr Mitrovic to Saudi club Al-Hilal.
Elsewhere, ex-Gunner Konstantinos Mavropanos is set to join West Ham United in a deal that could rise to €25m (£21.4m) with add-ons included.
We sold the Greece international to Stuttgart for an upfront £3 million payment in May last year, so the Germans are making a tidy profit. There has been talk about Arsenal benefitting from a sell-on clause, which is not beyond the realms of possibility.