Sevilla warn Arsenal in talks over Nicolas Pepe signing

Nicolas Pepe is heading towards Arsenal's exit door this summer

Nicolas Pepe heading for Arsenal’s exit door this summer (PA)

Seville has started talks Arsenal are reportedly set to sign Nicolas Pepe this summer.

The Ivory Coast international has struggled to find a foothold at Arsenal since joining from Lille in 2019 for £72million.

The 26-year-old has made just five Premier League appearances this season and has failed to secure a regular role in Mikel Arteta’s side.

Arsenal are understood to be ready to sell Pepe this summer and ready to make a significant impact on his £72m spending, with reports claiming a £25m offer could be enough to land the Gunners to convince.

According to SuperDeporte, Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi Pepe has identified Monchi Pepe as a potential summer signing and he has already sounded out Arsenal to discuss a deal for the winger.

However, Sevilla have already made it clear to Arsenal that while they would be willing to sign Pepe, they are not willing to pay an exorbitant transfer fee.

Sevilla have opened talks with Arsenal to sign Nicolas Pepe

Sevilla have started talks with Arsenal to sign Nicolas Pepe (AMA/Getty).

Pepe’s last appearance for Arsenal came as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Leeds United.

After the game, Arteta’s assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg appeared to disguise Pepe on the pitch after failing to launch a counter-attack with Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier wide of his goal.

When asked about the incident, Arteta said: “When you see he has an empty net in front of him and he makes a touch backwards, we can’t really understand it.

“But you have to have the perception of the player in that moment, they’re the ones making the decision. And luckily we didn’t need that goal.”

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