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Saudi Arabia approach Arsenal to sign first-team attacker after Mikel Arteta wants player sold

Saudi Arabia make approach to sign Nicolas Pepe this summer.

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Saudi Arabia have approached Arsenal to discuss a potential move for Nicolas Pepe this summer.

Mikel Arteta is desperate for the player to leave as he is not in his plans for the upcoming season. The Arsenal squad is currently in the United States for their pre-season tour ahead of the 2023/24 campaign, however Nicolas Pepe has been left in England to train on his own until he finds a new club.

Nicolas Pepe joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 for a fee of £72million which was a club record fee at the time, however the record was broken last week after the Gunners announced the signing of Declan Rice for a fee of £105million.

The 28-year-old winger was expected to take the Premier League by storm after signing for Arsenal off the back of a 22 goal season in Ligue One for Lille during the 2018/19 campaign. However the winger struggled to adapt during his first season in England, where he scored only five league goals under Unai Emery.

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While he did show some flashes of quality during his second season at the club, where he scored 16 goals in all competitions for the Gunners, Nicolas Pepe failed to show consistent quality. He was then sent out on loan back to France to OGC Nice at the beginning of the 2022/23 campaign.

The Ivorian winger scored six goals in Ligue One this season for Nice, however the French club aren’t interested in signing him on a permanent basis this summer and with Mikel Arteta not a fan of the player, he’s in desperate need of a new club ahead of the season getting underway in a few weeks time.

Mikel Arteta is ready to let Nicolas Pepe leave on a permanent deal this summer. [Image Credit: Getty Images]

Arsenal do not want to let the player leave on a free but would accept a relatively small fee compared to what the Gunners paid for the winger in 2019. Saudi Arabia are set to make an approach for the 28-year-old very soon, as per James Berge of CBS Sports. It’s thought Nicolas Pepe would be open to a move to the South East this summer.

Nicolas Pepe isn’t apart of Mikel Arteta’s plans going forward with the club looking to sell their record signing for a minimal fee this summer. Arsenal did originally set an asking price of £25million for the Ivorian, however it now appears the Gunners would be willing to accept around £10million to ensure the player is sold ahead of the start of next season.

Pepe only has one year left on his contract with Arsenal with the Gunners even offering him to Premier League clubs who they hope would be willing to match their asking price.

With Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli recently signing new long-term contracts at the club and performing the way they are under Mikel Arteta, it seems impossible to see Nicolas Pepe getting back into the Arsenal side next season. I’m sure Edu and his team will do whatever it takes to see the back of their record signing this summer.

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  1. Y3mmxiii

    July 18, 2023 at 5:48 am

    Take 10M quick.

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