Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe could be attracted by the idea of moving to Newcastle United in the future, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
The Gunners had signed Pepe from Lille for a fe of £72million in the summer of 2019 (BBC), which is a club-record fee even to this day and has struggled during his time in England, which has seen him become second fiddle to Bukayo Saka on the right-hand side of the attack.
The north Londoners consider the Ivory Coast international to be surplus to to requirements as part of Mikel Arteta’s rebuild as he looks to get his side back into the top four, having narrowly missed out last season (The Sun).
Jones has revealed that while the 27-year-old has no intention to lower his standards in the English top flight, Newcastle would be prove to be an intriguing destination due to their recent takeover and ambitions going forward.
The Magpies have already made some high-profile signings including Sven Botman, Bruno Guimarães, and Kieran Trippier as the new owners look to make them a powerhouse moving forward.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “I think that midtable clubs are interested in him, but I don’t think he’s interested in playing at that level of the Premier League, although Newcastle would interest him because they’re going to challenge for the top six.”
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It is highly unlikely for any club to pay anywhere near the amount that Mikel Arteta’s side paid for Pepe back in 2019. In fact, it is stated that they are ready to accept offers of just £25million, which is a considerably lower amount than the investment they made on the attacker.
The Magpies being an interesting destination for Pepe, would certainly be music to the ears of those at Emirates. After all, they would need the player’s approval to facilitate a departure with his current contract expiring in 2024.
Newcastle could use some attacking additions in their ranks, making Pepe a suitable option to meet their needs. Hence, a move could be a possibility indeed, but whether that will happen or not would only be known as time passes on.
Fortunately for the Gunners, Newcastle are not the only attractive option, with Sevilla, Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique Marseille being some of the other interested parties (Diario de Sevilla). That will give Arteta’s team enough leeway if a switch to St. James’ Park fails to materialise.