Newcastle United in bidding war for €25m-rated Arsenal forward

Newcastle United’s hopes of signing Nicolas Pepe in the summer transfer window have increased. Arsenal forward is open to joining the Magpies in search of more playing time as he looks to prove his worth. The Gunners signed Ivory Coast international for a club-record £72m from Lille back in 2019.

But things have not gone as planned, and the move has been a failure for all sides involved. Despite frequently showing flashes of his quality and producing a respectable return in his debut season, Pepe has never really kicked on and has largely flattered to deceive during his time at Arsenal.

In total, Nicolas has racked up 112 games for Arsenal, netting 27 goals and providing 21 assists along the way. However, the 27-year-old forward has failed to nail down a starting role out wide, with the likes of Saka, Martinelli and Smith Rowe ahead of him in the pecking order.

The Ivorian failed to make a PL start for Arsenal after October 18 last campaign, starting only five league matches all campaign, and his departure is almost certain this summer. Arsenal are in need of freeing up their wage bill to make room for further acquisitions this summer and have transfer-listed the African, who still has two years left on his deal.

While the former Lille forward was admittedly adamant on proving his worth this term, it is highly unlikely that he would be handed a clean slate in Arsenal, considering the Gunners’ desire to add a new attacker this summer.