Pepe in London to seal £72m Arsenal move

Nicolas Pepe is in London to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms ahead of his transfer to Arsenal from Lille.

Arsenal have already agreed a £72m transfer fee with the Ligue 1 side.

The 24-year-old is expected to be announced as the Gunners’ fourth summer signing this week, following forward Gabriel Martinelli, midfielder Dani Ceballos, who joined on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, and defender William Saliba, who was signed from St Etienne for £27m and immediately loaned back to the Ligue 1 side.

‘It was reported earlier this summer that Arsenal’s budget was around £45m after missing out on qualifying for the Champions League. However, Pepe looks set to cost £72m plus add-ons, while they have also signed Dani Ceballos on loan and William Saliba for £27m, and are hoping to sign Kieran Tierney from Celtic.

‘Then there’s Zaha, who Arsenal tried to sign this summer, only to see a £40m bid rejected by Crystal Palace, who value him closer to £80m.

‘What’s really going on? We look at the key questions surrounding Arsenal’s move for Pepe and their transfer budget…’

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