ORRRRNSTEEEEIIIN! Arsenal set to sign £72m winger this weekend

Ian Watson

Arsenal are reported to have reached an agreement to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe for £72million.

BBC Sport correspondent and Arsenal MVP David Ornstein is claiming that a deal to take the Ivory Coast star to the Emirates should be completed this weekend once an agreement is reached with the player’s representatives.

Unai Emery has a limited budget but Ornstein reports that Lille have agreed to accept the fee in instalments to suit the Gunners.

Napoli have also agreed a deal with Lille and Pepe’s agent was spotted visiting the Serie A club this week but it is understood that the two parties were unable to reach an agreement.

Reports in France this week have named Arsenal as a possible destination for Pepe, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Inter Milan also said to have agreed terms with Lille.

Arsenal’s capture of Pepe would represent a huge coup for Emery, who has also completed the signings of Dani Ceballos and William Saliba this week.

Should Pepe complete a move, it would end Arsenal’s interest in Wilfried Zaha, leaving Everton and Chelsea to battle for the Crystal Palace star.