Nicolas Pepe

Discussion in 'Transfer Rumours' started by Fewtch, Nov 14, 2018.

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  1. hydrofluoric acid

    hydrofluoric acid A drama queen, hates most of our players.

    Why would I be raging? I'm a huge Arsenal fan. Been celebrating Ceballos and Saliba here on the street in Iceland!

    Don't agree with you on Pepe. Don't think he is that good from what I've seen but like with Lacazette I hope Pepe turns out good for us. Lacazette too!
  2. OnlyOne

    OnlyOne Short man Syndrome

    Is he that good?

    I know @HBL will be having a stroke right now. :lol:
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  3. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Wrong, But Rarely

    We probably have over paid though, but Raul has always done that. Look at his Barcelona history.
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  4. Tosker

    Tosker Hates Foreigners

    two windows without Usmanov too - Ornstein did suggest when he sold out to Kroenke that sole ownership might loosen the purse strings, and who knows
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  5. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Transfer Junkie

    If the whole deal is £72M over 5 years it’s like 14.4M per year. So we can do Tierney outright if we wanted to.
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  6. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    ESPN saying we are paying 80M in 5 installments.
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  7. zilfy

    zilfy Well-Known Member

    If the worst happens and we don't get him, at least we know we have 72 mil to spend :drool:
  8. Gursha

    Gursha Well-Known Member

    Guys... I know its not over... but arent we the kind of club that doesnt even bid if we didnt know via 3rd parties the player is interested?

    My take is that the fact we had bid accepted surely means we know he'll choose us...

    We are struggling to agree fees with clubs, never the player himself...

    Pfff.... i just dont want to get excited... but thats normally a term i use when i see " personal terms agreed now only fee to be discussed"

    Now we had our bid actually accepted...
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  9. Lakersgooner24

    Lakersgooner24 Well-Known Member

    Don’t know much about him, but we needed width in attack badly so at least this addresses an area that needs improvement.

    Worried that he won’t make the step up to the Premier League though, plus he hasn’t been tested against European competition. 80m, even in installments, is a big risk on a player that’s only played in France without any CL or Europa experience. Not exactly wonder kid age either at 24, should be near the finished product. Still excited though.
  10. Enz__

    Enz__ Anti Antique Abuse

    We have but to get high profile players overpaying is almost a certainty nowadays. Big clubs pay big fees, a sign that there's still a big club left in us somewhere.
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  11. Troopz

    Troopz Well-Known Member

    As long as it gets us CL football it will be well worth the investment.
  12. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful House Music

    So I've just read through the entire thread. Pretty clear who's a reliable source & who is not.

    Early interest:
    The top French outlets (Telefoot, L'Equipe, Matt Spiro) have been claiming we're very interested for about a year. Ballague also claimed we were interested back in Feb 18.

    Original bid, 13 July:
    TF1 (first) and then L'Equipe (confirmed) went in strongly on 13 July that we'd bid €80m and have stuck to that story consistently.

    Disinformation, 13 July:
    As soon as TF1 and L'Equipe reported the story, Ornstein reported we hadn't bid and couldn't afford Pepe. Benge & Watts followed him. Given what we know now, this looks like the club trying to squash news of our Pepe bid before it was settled.

    Development, 14-27 July:
    L'Equipe have stuck to their guns re. our bid and the other french sources have also reported this very well. Alexis Bernard (apparently the first to report Saliba interest) had details of the bid structure. Di Marzio and other Italian sources started getting involved yesterday saying that we were close. Ornstein (again followed by those cucks Benge and Watts) has confirmed today.

    L'equipe, TF1, Di Marzio and maybe this Alexis Bernard guy too = Tier 1.
    Ornstein = Tier whatever the club wants him to say.
    Watts & Benge = Tier *****. Honestly don't see any point in these guys while Orny is around.
  13. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Transfer Junkie

    Him and Auba cutting in from their respective wings and Bellerin/Tierney overlapping is fap worthy.

    Also this is why it’s an easier deal to do compared to Zaha. No way in hell Palace would’ve accepted an initial payment of £14.4M
  14. drippin

    drippin Well-Known Member

    This was surprising for sure! Great news though, didn't think we had a chance at him or even Zaha. Although I didn't buy the 45 million transfer budget at any point. People watching Ligue 1 seem to rate him here. He has played 3 full seasons in Ligue 1 now so has good experience in senior games, but only one great season. Team mates might affect that.

    The most important part about this transfer would be to reach for the top 4 and secure Auba & Laca making new deals. Losing them cheap next year would be very bad, not sure if Auba has any extension option in contract. Even if we overpay this sends a strong message and gives us a lot better chance for top 4, because our youth wingers very likely cannot cut it in EPL constantly yet.
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  15. yousif_arsenal

    yousif_arsenal King of Twitter Rumours Moderator

    If reports are true we are paying like only 14.5M pounds this year if it paid in 5 installments.
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  16. Arai

    Arai Moderator Moderator

    Re-put pressure to Palace i guess.
  17. field442

    field442 Hates Journalists Named James

    Can we get a tier ***** please @blaze_of_glory @Aevi @American_Gooner
  18. HairSprayGooners

    HairSprayGooners Transfer Junkie

    Martinelli - ? Probably a very low first payment
    Saliba - £4M
    Ceballos - £4M
    Pepe - £14M

    Probably around £20M done. 45m budget is correct just it’s first summer budget. So we can easily do Tierney and find a CB.
  19. Troopz

    Troopz Well-Known Member

    People are worried that we overpaid for him but that’s how the market is operating nowadays.

    Look at how much Atletico paid for João Felix. They paid €125m for an unproven 19 year old.

    We have to get with the times.
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  20. razörist

    razörist Soft With The Ladies, Hard With The Mes

    That’s not how summer budget works I think? Transfers are almost always paid in installments, we did not invent it. We probably paid some installment from older transfers this year, do we take those from the budget too?
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