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Arsenal have agreed a deal to with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe for a total fee of €80 million.
The Gunners had been pushing hard to sign the Ivory Coast international and have now been able to make an arrangement with the club whereby they will pay the sum in installments.
As per the reliable David Ornstein, Arsenal have beaten Napoli to his signature and will tie the 24-year old down to a five-year deal at the Emirates if negotiations with the player's agent run smoothly.
#Arsenal more about Pépé: no problem for the total agreement between clubs (€80M + add ons), talks ongoing with the player to complete personal terms. Arsenal are confident about the deal. Everything confirmed :wink::white_circle::red_circle: #AFC #Arsenal #transfers- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 27, 2019
Pepe enjoyed a stellar campaign in France last season for Lille as they finished second to Paris Saint-Germain. He found the net 22 times, with only Kylian Mbappe managing more goals in the French top flight.
He also laid on 11 assists for teammates to bring his total contributions to 33 in 38 appearances.
If Arsenal are indeed able to agree terms with Pepe's agent, he will become Unai Emery's fourth signing of the summer after the arrival of 18-year old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano, William Saliba from Saint Etienne in a £27 million move and the loan signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid.
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