PEP TALK Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal latest: Medical arranged for Lille winger as details emerge as to how Gunners hijacked Napoli deal

Arsenal have arranged for Nicolas Pepe to undergo a medical ahead of a club-record move from Lille.

Details of the £72million transfer were revealed by an Italian journalist on Saturday afternoon as Pepe edges towards a stunning move to the Emirates.

Nicolas Pepe has snubbed interest from Napoli to join Arsenal

Napoli had agreed a deal with Lille in order to bring the Ivory Coast international to Serie A, but Arsenal hijacked the deal on Saturday morning.

Reports suggested the Gunners would pay the fee in instalments owing to their limited transfer budget and Italian journalist Ciro Venerato has now shed some light on how the north Londoners bloodied the noses of their Italian rivals.

“Nicolas Pepe has said ‘yes’ to Arsenal,” Venerato, who works for Rai Sport, told CalcioNapoli24.

“Medical visits towards the end of next week in London.

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The Ivory Coast international scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season

The Ivory Coast international scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season

“Mega offer from the Gunners: €10m signing bonus, more bonuses for the next five years, and mega commission to the twelve agents.

“To Lille, the Gunners will pay €80m plus a further €10m in bonuses, so a total of €90m.

“Even the Blue [Napoli] leadership confirms the news.

“Pepe goes to Arsenal and it is impossible to match the London club’s mega offer.”

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Reports suggest the 23-year-old will pocket £105,000-a-week in north London, joining Gabriel Martinelli, Dani Ceballos and William Saliba in putting pen to paper at the Emirates this summer.

In 38 Ligue 1 games last season, Pepe managed to score 22 times and also registered 11 assists.

Updated: July 28, 2019 — 10:23 pm

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