Arsenal could sell one of their stars to Saudi Arabia, as they look to recoup some money and bolster their transfer funds this summer.
The Gunners have big plans for the transfer window, with Declan Rice rumoured to be close to agreeing a deal. Arsenal have struggled to sell players since the end of the Arsene Wenger days but may well buck that trend this summer with the likes of Kieran Tierney, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Folarin Balogun targets for European sides.
Intriguingly, two other stars have begun looking for moves – and one may find a new home in the Saudi Pro League, following the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Steven Gerrard to the Middle East.
Pepe joined Arsenal in 2019 for £72m, becoming the club's record signing and a statement buy under Unai Emery. After three seasons in north London, however, the Ivorian failed to deliver anything close to the form he displayed at Lille, going on loan to Nice for the 2022/23 season.
Arsenal wouldn't come anywhere near to collecting the full £72m that they shelled out for Pepe but the Saudi Pro League would at least be likely to offer the winger something close to the wages he has enjoyed from the Gunners.
With Arsenal targeting expensive new additions for this transfer window, getting rid of Pepe would not only be useful to bring in more money to spend, it would free up more of the wage budget.
Pepe is valued at €22m by Transfermarkt.
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Moises Caicedo is heavily linked, Xavi Simons is on the radar, Ivan Fresneda could join and Ilkay Gundogan is wanted, too. Arsenal could sell £100m worth of players, too – with William Saliba, Martin Odegaard and Thomas Partey all wanted by clubs overseas.
Jay Bothroyd, meanwhile, has told FFT that the Gunners perhaps surprisingly, should be in the market for a striker.
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