Date:12th August 2022 at 6:00am
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According to reports, Arsenal will continue to monitor young Porto winger Pepe ahead of next summer’s transfer window.

THE LOWDOWN: ACTIVE WINDOW

Arsenal have been busy this summer and one of the summer arrivals was Fabio Vieira from FC Porto, but the young Portuguese midfielder isn’t the only Dragons player the Gunners have been interested in. Mikel Arteta has stated clearly that the team isn’t done in the transfer window this summer.

The Gunners were also keen to sign Pepe after the midfielder’s stunning season for the Portuguese club. The Brazilian emerging star only joined Porto last year, but he has been one of the club’s best players in that time.

Arsenal are reportedly one of the clubs targeting Pepe, are still keen on his services and will continue to monitor the midfielder ahead of next summer.

THE LATEST: CLOSE MONITORING

Arsenal were keen to add Pepe to the squad this transfer window. However, the winger stayed back in Porto when their 40m euros offer was rejected, according to a report on Sports Witness.

The Gunners opted not to return with an improved offer, and they signed Vieira instead. However, the report insists Mikel Arteta’s side still have an interest in him, and they will scout him for the rest of this campaign.

THE VERDICT: INDIFFERENT FEELING

Arsenal have been linked with multiple wingers this summer and signing him this season would have been perfect. However, as it remains difficult to see that deal happen, waiting till next year isn’t entirely a bad idea.

Pepe is an exciting player to watch, and Porto know he is a top talent. That is why they rejected such a big offer for his signature. Arsenal currently have a Brazilian contingent building at the Emirates and this  could be a factor in luring him to the Emirates.

The 25-year-old scored just six goals last term but his influence on the pitch is immeasurable. However, Pepe needs to perform excellently again this campaign and maybe even better than he did last term. Coincidentally, the Porto star could end up replacing his namesake in Nicolas Pepe, who continues to seek an exit out of the Emirates.