24 year old Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe has finalized his move to Arsenal to become the London club’s most expensive player of all times.
Pepe has signed a five year contract with the Gunners.
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Almost every major European club had their eyes on the Ivorian jewel Nicolas Pepe, with three clubs ready to pay his buy-out clause of 80 million €, Pepe opted for Arsenal even without the prospect of Champions League football next season.
Pepe who has become Lille’s most expensive player ever sold will earn Six million € a year and will wear the jersey number 19.
His eye catching 22 goals in 38 league games last season made him one of Europe’s most wanted players and he has carefully made his choice.
The Ivorian international with 15 caps and 4 goals made 74 league appearances for Lille scoring 35 goals.
He had previously played for Poitiers, Angers, a loan spell at Orléans before joining Lille in 2017.
His disappointing 2019 AFCON display in Egypt is now behind him as the English league, known for its pace and physicality promises to be a huge challenge.
He’ll combine with Lacarzette and Aubameyang upfront for Unai Emery’s team and seek to become London and England’s greatest again.