AC Milan keen on £25M bargain buy from Arsenal

AC Milan are believed to be keen to strike a deal to sign Nicolas Pepe from Arsenal, with the club believed to see his supposed asking price as a bargain.

The Gunners splashed out a club-record fee to bring the winger to England from Lille, a reported £72 Million according to Sky Sports, but that move hasn’t gone entirely to plan.

In fact, in both his completed seasons with the club thus far, he has struggled in the opening months of the campaign and been labelled a flop, only to come to life in the latter months of the campaign, reinstalling the belief that he will meet the potential he was showing in Ligue 1 previously.

We may not get to see if he can return to that form this term however, with reports that we have set his asking price for the upcoming window, with AC Milan now believed to be keen on meeting those demands.

Il Milanista states that Stefano Pioli, the current manager of the Rossoneri, sees him as one who would make an instant impact in his line-up, with the club believed to view his asking price as a bargain.

Pepe clearly has plenty of potential, and his ability has been shown in spurts, but with our current wealth of options in the wide roles, his importance is dwindling. The fact of the matter is that he does blow hot and cold, and with him unlikely to get many opportunities to find that form, it seems unlikely that we will be able to get the best of him.

The worst part about the deal would be the fee, knowing we paid almost treble the amount just two-and-a-half years ago, and are still paying Lille for that transfer.

I don’t think many Arsenal fans would turn down £25 Million for his signature in January, assuming that money would be reinvested into the squad, but would it be better to wait until the summer to see if he could force his way back into the team as he has done in previous seasons?

Patrick

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7 Comments

  1. Adajim says:

    I would turn down £25m for a young talented player like him who still has lots to offer atm.
    Why should we sell him?
    We aspire to get back to Europe, players like him will be important for us should we qualify

  2. Stephanie says:

    No way for that price. He’s worth more. He is getting better and better

  3. Longbenark says:

    Agreed Pepe hasn’t lived up to expectations but 25m is an insult,

  4. durand says:

    I would say no, the price is far too low for Pepe. I don’t blame Pepe for his 72 million price tag; I BLAME crooked Raul, the Board, and Edu for paying such an inflated price for Pepe.

    I don’t believe he is a good fit at Arsenal, based on what Arteta is asking wingers to do both with and without the ball. He has had decent performances, but lacks the consistency we need in the attack.

    1. jon fox says:

      Durand ,Your sensible second paragraph stands in direct contrast to your also correct first paragraph!
      All the more reason to sell him NOW, while we can still get even £25mill. That assumes that this story is true however, which I very much doubt.

      1. Durand says:

        Jon,
        I merely expressed my opinion that Pepe isn’t producing consistently or as often enough as fans had hoped.

        Even not producing, 25 million is too low a selling price. Perhaps a player swap and cash, but not the lowball fee being rumored.

        Better to keep for now as a squad or backup player for injuries and cup games, then sell for such a low price.

        I would still call on Pepe before Nketiah, in hopes Pepe’s form improves before the Summer, so his market value rises more.

  5. sekman says:

    “In fact, in both his completed seasons with the club thus far, he has struggled in the opening months of the campaign and been labelled a flop, only to come to life in the latter months of the campaign…”

    i blame all of it on arsenal and arteta/emery for not given him enough time to prove himself.. to kind of patience you gave to saka or ESR

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