Ivory Coast star Nicolas Pepe
Monday Jul 15, 2019. 09:15
The agent of Ivory Coast star Nicolas Pepe has cast doubt over reports that Arsenal have made a £70million bid for the forward.
Over the past weekend, French media claimed that French Ligue 1 club Lille had received a shock offer from the Premier League giants, with manager Unai Emery desperate to sign a new forward this summer.
The Gunners have seen a bid to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha fail, but supporters were excited at the news of a huge offer for Pepe. L’Equipe claim they had confirmed the original report from TF1 with the player’s entourage.
However, Pepe’s agent, Samir Khiat, appeared to reject the reports by saying: “Oh, really?” when reacting to L’Equipe’s claim they had verified the transfer story with the player’s team.
BBC Sport also claim there is no truth to the rumour, insisting Arsenal do not have the budget to complete such a big deal this summer.
Pepe is due to make a decision on his future in the coming weeks after featuring for the Ivory Coast at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Only Kylian Mbapppe (33) scored more Ligue 1 goals than Pepe’s 22 strikes last season and his agent confirmed the forward had a number of suitors.
“The aim is for him to sign in the right place. PSG is a possibility,” Khiat told French TV.
“Today, all parties need to reach an agreement. There are exchanges and discussions. 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.”