Arsenal have now made financial arrangements to cancel the contract of Nicolas Pepe this summer. That is only if they need to. Journalist Kaya Kaynak was speaking on his YouTube channel about the Pepe’s future.
The Ivorian international was Arsenal’s club-record signing. That is before Declan Rice arrived this summer. There were question marks over his £72m fee at the time. And he’s never been able to justify it.
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Speaking on his YouTube channel about Pepe’s future , Kaynak said:
“I think if you’re a team that’s wanting to take over his wages which Nicolas Pepe’s wages are pretty high, I think in the £180,000-a-week mark, but I’m not certain on that.
“ we don’t think those numbers are the kind that you’d be willing to take a risk on.
“I think Nicolas Pepe, in fairness to him, I believe to make that [loan] move happen was on a low wage, but I’m not 100% certain on that.
“We think his priority is to play football. We know that Arsenal in the budget that have made arrangements for, if necessary, and this is very much if necessary if Nicolas Pepe’s contract does need to be terminated.
“But that is maybe [only] a thing that they’ll want to do, or they’ll want to see how the window pans out, see what the interest is and see how this injury is.
“Teams don’t want to sign injured players, they want players who can come in and hit the ground running and get involved straight away.
“If Pepe goes and he’s injured, chances are he won’t pass the medical.”