What Arsenal’s record Nicolas Pepe transfer deal for will mean for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette

first_img Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have both been linked with moves away from Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are on the verge of smashing their transfer record to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.The Gunners had reportedly been working with a meagre £45million budget having capitulated at the end of last season and failed to qualify for the Champions League.Amid increasing pressure from disgruntled fans, Josh Kroenke, son of the club’s owner Stan, attempted to quell concerns last week and urged supporters to prepare to be ‘excited’.Arsenal belatedly ramped up their summer transfer summer activity by confirming deals for Real Madrid playmaker Dani Ceballos and Saint-Etienne defender William Saliba on Thursday, and are now on the verge of smashing their transfer record for the third time in two years.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT What Arsenal’s record Nicolas Pepe transfer deal for will mean for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette 1/1 Skip Ad Top articles Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / Read More by Metro Video Settings Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Advertisement PLAY 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 Skip Read More Full Screen SPONSORED Coming Next More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe north London club are understood to have agreed a £72million fee with Lille, who are happy to receive payment via a number of structured installments.Arsenal were said to have drafted in super agent Jorge Mendes to help broker a deal and the transfer will now go through once an agreement with Pepe’s representatives has been reached.Despite their precarious financial position, according to the BBC, Arsenal will not have to sell either of Pierre-Emerik Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette to finance a move for Pepe.Aubameyang had been linked with a lucrative move to China earlier in the transfer window and more recently has emerged as a reported target for Manchester United who are seeking potential replacements for Romelu Lukaku.Asked whether the club would consider selling last season’s Premier League Golden Boot winner, Emery replied: ‘Not really in our mind. Not really.‘We are very happy with Aubameyang and we don’t want to sell him.’ Advertisement Lacazette, meanwhile, had been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid, the club he nearly joined before signing for Arsenal in what was then a club-record £52m deal in the summer of 2017.Barcelona, too, were said to be considering the France international as a potential alternative to Antoine Griezmann, but Arsenal’s star strikers will remain at the Emirates for another season, at least.The Pepe deal does, however, mean Arsenal will drop all interest in Wilfried Zaha but they are said to remain confident of agreeing a deal with Celtic for Kieran Tierney.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 27 Jul 2019 2:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.4kShares Commentlast_img