Despite Raphinha’s offer, Arsenal fear being stuck with Pepe.


Due to the club record signing of £77 million, zero interest has been shown. This could create doubts about a move for Leeds’ Raphinha, who plays in Pepe’s position. Before the start of the new Premier League season, Mikel Arteta and Edu are reshaping Arsenal’s roster in their image.

Published: 22 June 2022


The arrival of Fabio Vieira from Porto in a £34 million deal has already occurred. It’s also possible that Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus will join for more than £50 million. Arteta, on the other hand, is set on signing Raphinha, a fellow Brazilian, as his new right winger. Arsenal made a bid for Barcelona’s wanted man on Monday. Despite this, Leeds are set to reject it because the bid is so far below their £55 million asking price.

Arsenal, meanwhile, will be perplexed as to their future course of action. According to the Daily Mail, flop record signing Pepe could be staying at the Emirates. There haven’t been any approaches from other clubs for the Ivorian despite being on the transfer list for £25 million. Pepe’s contract with Arsenal expires in 2024, and he will be paid £140,000 per week throughout that time. Pepe’s position in Arsenal’s books could prevent Arteta from making an upgraded Raphinha offer if the Gunners fail to clear him off their books.

After Fiorentina refused to make Lucas Torreira’s loan permanent for a pre-agreed cost of £13 million, Arsenal are struggling to find a buyer for the defender. Arsenal’s pursuit of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, who is also targeted by Manchester United, could be hampered by this. Pepe joined Arsenal from Lille in the summer of 2019. In three years, he has scored just 27 goals, 10 less than he did in two years at his last club.

Pepe scored just one goal in the Premier League last season as Arsenal nearly missed out on a place in the top four. Arsene Wenger’s side is bracing themselves for a major blow after Arteta decided it was time to part ways with Pepe. Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have already been connected to the deal, but they must first find an interested party.

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