Nicolas Pépé out of Arsenal squad as Nice season-long loan deal nears

According to David Ornstein, Nicolas Pépé has been left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Bournemouth amid personal terms being discussed with OGC Nice – with the player also being keen on the move.

This confirms Foot Mercato‘s reports earlier that discussions over a season long loan are progressing, with an option-to-buy not being included in the deal. 

As reported earlier today, Nicolas Pépé arrived in Nice yesterday accompanied by his father, ahead of a potential move from Arsenal.

Foot Mercato previously reported that the former Lille man himself is open to a move, having seen his place in the Arsenal starting line-up now taken for good by Bukayo Saka. 

Pépé has yet to appear for the Gunners this season after a disappointing campaign last time out, despite managing 16 goals the year before that. Arsenal themselves are also keen on the move, with the 27-year-old’s €80m move from Les Dogues three years ago – on the back of his 22-goal season in Ligue 1 – proving somewhat unsuccessful.

Aouna adds that as well as Pépé’s agent, the half-brother and representative of Edinson Cavani, Walter Guglielmone, was also in town – at the same hotel, the Negresco – as Les Aiglons also look to sign the Uruguayan free agent.



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