Nicolas Pepe: How Arsenal’s record signing turned into a £72m nightmare – Goal.com

Nicolas Pepe: How Arsenal’s record signing turned into a £72m nightmare | Goal.com

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12:39 PM IST 24/08/22

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One of the most sought after players in Europe three years ago, the Ivorian’s career has fallen off the rails…

Nicolas Pepe is on his way out of Arsenal.

The club’s record signing, who cost £72m ($85m) when they bought him from Lille just three years ago, is closing in on a return to France after Arsenal agreed a loan deal with Nice for the winger.

Talks have been ongoing between the two clubs over the exact make-up of the deal, with Pepe left out of Mikel Arteta’s squad for the 3-0 win at Bournemouth in the Premier League as negotiations continued.

And an agreement for a season-long loan, which does not include an option to buy, has now been reached for the 27-year-old.

So why are Arsenal happy to let a player leave who just three years ago they were willing to smash their transfer record for? Below, GOAL takes a look.

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