By Daniel Feliciano

25th Jul, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United considering offer for Nicolas Pepe, Arsenal want £25m to sell

Leeds still have an interest in Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe, and the Gunners would be open to a sale if they received a bid worth £25m according to The Mirror.

The Ivorian forward signed for the north London club from Lille in a £72m deal back in August 2019, but has struggled to make an impact scoring just 27 goals in 112 appearances.

Now with two years left on his deal the club are considering selling him and Leeds are among the clubs considering making an offer according to a report [July 25].

The player says he’s keen to stay at the Emirates and that he’s “focused” on the new season but The Mirror say that Arsenal are “more than happy” to sell if they receive a bid of £25m.

Sevilla, Lyon and Marseille are also interested in a deal for the 27-year-old.

Risk

Pepe was a highly-rated talent when coming over from Ligue 1 after scoring 23 goals in his final season with Lille, but he’s flopped in England.

His lack of intensity when going forward has been a big problem and while his left foot has still shown glimpses of quality, his wages and transfer value are on the high end.

Leeds’ attack is built around speed and efficiency and while Pepe is a good player at that price, whether he fits into the squad profile-wise is a question surely up for debate.

He could potentially be an option as a forward to play through the middle as he has in the past, but his favoured position is certainly out wide and Leeds just don’t need another winger at this point.

It would be a statement signing and a big name, but it probably wouldn’t make sense and it’s a deal that Leeds should avoid unless they completely run out of options.

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