Arsenal submit massive £72m bid for Liverpool-linked Nicolas Pepe: Fans all say same thing



Posted Sunday, July 14, 2019 by Express.co.uk

ARSENAL have made a mammoth £72million offer for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, it has been claimed.

The 24-year-old starred for the French side last season putting a bunch of top clubs on alert.

As well as the Gunners, Liverpool have been linked with Pepe this summer.

But now French TV channel TF1 have made the extraordinary claim Arsenal boss Unai Emery has made a £72m bid for the forward.

That’s despite Arsenal only reportedly having £45m to spend after failing to qualify for the Champions League.

Arsenal have made just one signing this summer, that of youngster Gabriel Martinelli.

But after losing Aaron Ramsey to Juventus as well as Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck and Stephan Lichtsteiner leaving the club, the Gunners need to strengthen.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has been linked but Arsenal will struggle with their small war chest.

That means Emery’s side will need to sell to fund moves for the likes of the Ivorian and Pepe.

And some fans have speculated Pepe could join but only if Atletico Madrid replace Antoine Griezmann with Alexandre Lacazette.

Arsenal submit massive £72m bid for Liverpool-linked Nicolas Pepe: Fans all say same thing
Arsenal have reportedly made a mega bid for Nicolas Pepe (Image: GETTY)

Arsenal submit massive £72m bid for Liverpool-linked Nicolas Pepe: Fans all say same thing
Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking to strengthen his side this summer (Image: GETTY)

One tweeted: “There is only one explaination for this. Griezmann cash has been used by Atleti to bid for Lacazette.”

Another said: “From a plausibility perspective, this surely only weighs up if Alexandre Lacazette's talks with a top La Liga side are bearing fruit.”

Meanwhile Pepe’s agent agent Samir Khiat has suggested the forward could move.

"The aim is for him to sign in the right place. PSG is a possibility,” Khiat told French TV show L'Equipe Mercato.

"Today, all parties need to reach an agreement. There are exchanges and discussions.

Arsenal submit massive £72m bid for Liverpool-linked Nicolas Pepe: Fans all say same thing
Arsenal are also interested in signing Wilfried Zaha (Image: GETTY)

"He is wanted by a considerable number of clubs.

"For him the most important thing is to be wanted and to go to a good club in which he will play and continue to progress.”

Arsenal start their pre-season with a match against Colorado on Tuesday.

Gunners boss Emery has about a month to make adjustments to his squad and try to close the gap on the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City above him.

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