On a day that they confirmed the capture of Willian, Arsenal has launched an investigation into the deal that brought Nicolas Pepe to the club.
The club feels that they overpaid for the Ivory Coast international who joined the club last summer from Lille on a £72million deal. The fee was to be spread across six years with Arsenal paying £20million upfront and will send the first instalment of the other £52million this summer.
According to a report from ESPN, Arsenal is “re-examining” the deal as part of the club’s wider recruitment overhaul with the winger scoring eight goals and registering 10 assists in his debut season in the English top flight.
Several top scouts lost their roles with the club earlier in the month, while 55 other jobs across the club went and while the financial impact of the coronavirus further hampered Arsenal, the club hope the investigation will “streamline” their future operations.
There are claims that intermediaries working on initial talks over Pepe’s move were “taken aback” by the fee Arsenal were willing to pay. The reports from ESPN, however, indicate that the Gunners feel no regret for the deal and they feel impressed with Pepe’s first season.
Nicolas Pépé for Arsenal in the 2019-20 Premier League:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 6, 2020
⬢ Most passes into opp. box
⬢ Most take-ons completed
⬢ Most chances created
⬢ Most Big Chances created
⬢ Most assists provided
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