Arsenal are preparing a move to sign Porto winger Pepe, according to reports in the Portuguese media. The 25-year-old, who only arrived at the Estadio do Dragao last July from Gremio for a fee of £13.5million, has enjoyed a successful debut campaign in Europe having helped his side win the Primeira Liga title.
Pepe has enjoyed some impressive moments in an Arsenal shirt but there’s now an acceptance that the move will not work out.
Therefore, Arsenal are keen to recoup as much as they can for the player before agreeing to a sale.
Porto’s Pepe has finished the season playing a range of positions for his manager Sergio Conceicao.
He has registered four assists in his past six matches, featured at left midfield, second striker and right-back during that time.
It’s the kind of versatility that Mikel Arteta craves in his squad – something that has been required this season due to various injuries.
Securing a top-four finish could ultimately hold the key to a successful summer of transfer business though for the Gunners.
Not only will Arsenal’s budget hinge on Champions League football but it will also impact the calibre of player they’re able to attract.
Arsenal can seal fourth with a win at Tottenham on Thursday.