EPL: Arsenal signs the Ivorian forward Pepe in a club record contract

LONDON: Arsenal has signed Nicolas Pepe of the French club Lille for a record club fee, the Premier league Side said Thursday.

The financial details of the transfer were not disclosed, but the British media reported that it was around 72 million pounds ($ 87.39 million), eclipsing the 56 million pounds paid to Borussia Dortmund for the forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last year.

Nicolas is a highly qualified and talented end who was wanted by many of the best teams in Europe, said the Arsenal coach. Unai Emery He said in a statement.

Signing a first class end has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I am delighted that it will join.

He will add rhythm, power and creativity, with the goal of bringing more goals to our team.

The Ivory Coast international, 24, signed a five-year contract and will wear the number 19 shirt at the London club.

Pepe, who was also linked to many European clubs in the closed season, scored 22 goals in Flirt 1 Last season, only surpassed by Kylian Mbappe of Paris St Germain, who scored 33 goals, and also caught 11 assists.

Being here is very emotional because it hasn't been easy for me, Pepe said. I have come a long way and fought a lot, so signing up for this great club is a great reward.

Pepe is the fourth Arsenal recruit of the season closed after the club signed Brazilian end Gabriel Martinelli, midfielder Dani Ceballos lent by Real Madrid and central William Saliba, who has been lent back to St Etienne for the season .

Arsenal, who finished fifth last season, plays a friendly against Barcelona on Sunday before starting the league's new campaign with a trip to Newcastle United on August 11.