Arsenal have reached an agreement with French club Lille to sign Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe in a deal worth 80m euros (£72m).

The Gunners will pay for the 24-year-old via a series of instalments that suit their restricted budget for this summer.

An agreement between Arsenal and Pepe’s representatives still needs to be finalised.

But the transfer is expected to be completed in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Italian side Napoli also met Lille’s asking price, but their proposal was rejected by the player’s camp.

Pepe tends to operate on the right wing and cut in on to his left foot, but can also be used as a striker in a 4-4-2 formation.

He scored 23 goals for Lille last season and satisfies Arsenal’s need for a wide player with pace and high technical ability.

Arsenal offered £40m for Crystal Palace’s Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha earlier this month, but their Premier League rivals value the player at about £80m.

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Arsenal  ; 7 players set to leave Arsenal club

The London side manager, Unai Emery didn’t renew the contracts of some players as they are allowed to leave the club.

The names of those most likely  to leave are veteran defend Linctsteiner  Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Danny Welbeck and youngsters Cohen Bramall, Charlie Gilmour and Julio Plequezulo .

Many Arsenal fans were unhappy to see the Wales international player, Aaron Ramsey leave the club, He has played a total of 258 games for the north London side with 52 goals to his name. He also won three FA cups with the club.

In details  Here are 8 Arsenal players out of contract this June.

Petr Cech

Cech is a Premier League legend and will say goodbye in May(Image: Richard Heathcote.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Stephan lichtsteiner is another  player who has not really looked at the part since joining for free on a year-long contract from Dortmund in the summer.

you would be very surprised if Lichtsteiner stays.

Aaron Ramsey.


Arsenal ace Aaron Ramsey has confirmed he has played his last game for the club in an emotional Instagram post.

Ramsey has already agreed to join Juventus in the summer, bringing to an end an 11-year stint at the Emirates. Ramsey has played his last game after 11 years of service

David Ospina

A neat back up goalkeeper who has spent the season on loan at Napoli

Denis Suarez

Denis Suárez Fernández is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Barcelona of La Liga

Matt Macey

Matthew Ryan Macey is an English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Arsenal

A towering young goalkeeper who has sent the season in League 1 with Plymouth

Danny Welbeck

Welbeck has been linked with Crystal Palace

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