Lille President Lopez confirms Nicolas Pépé’s move to Arsenal

Speaking on RMC, Lille President Gérard Lopez this evening confirmed the departure of Ivorian forward Nicolas Pépé.

“He is the one who made the decision, I think it should be (made official) in the next 24 hours. It is €80m fixed. If we pushed this deal out a little bit longer, we could have had 5 or 6 offers of the same size. Through discussions with Nico and his agents, things focused on the certain clubs that we wanted to focus on, the two projects that interested the player. There is no point talking about the 3rd club or the others that could have been involved. We preferred to focus on the projects that interested the player.”


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