Goal claim Arsenal are trying to sell their winger Nicolas Pepe this summer on a permanent basis but are struggling to find a buyer – and it might mean the Gunners have to accept a loan-to-buy offer for the Ivory Coast international.
Pepe, 27, is Arsenal’s record buy after he joined the Gunners in 2019 from Lille for £72million. But he managed just five Premier League starts during the 2021-22 campaign, failing to start in the league after October 18.
It is no surprise that Arsenal want to sell Pepe. The report states that Arsenal’s pursuit of Leeds star Raphinha is a clear indication that Pepe has no future at Arsenal. But the Gunners are finding it difficult to sell the £150k-a-week man.
Indeed, clubs are hesitant to pay a fee for a player that cost so much – and one with such astronomical wages. Another example in which Arsenal are the victims of their own downfall, paying too much and now unable to cash in.
ARSENAL STRUGGLING TO SELL PEPE: WHAT IS A FAIR PRICE?
Arsenal are going to have to accept a massive loss on Pepe. Even if Arsenal have paid Lyon in instalments, the Gunners will have to accept a huge loss. A loss that might even be more than £50million on Pepe.
In 112 games for Arsenal, he has clocked up 48 goal involvements in North London – a decent return. But he is known to have an issue with temperament, and of course, incredibly high wages.
Realistically, Arsenal are going to have accept something in the region of £20million to sell him permanently and it remains to be seen if they are open to doing that. They might have to keep paying a portion of his wages, too.