One record signing in, one record signing out! That could summarise Arteta’s 2023 summer transfer window.
Since joining in 2019 for 72 million, Nicolas Pepe has held the record for being Arsenal’s record signing.
We all know the Ivory Coast international failed to live up to his billing at the Emirates. Arteta, in his time at the Emirates, has been unable to get the best out of him, and last season, he shipped him out on loan to Nice. At Nice, he failed to get his Ligue 1 mojo back and only scored eight goals; they are unlikely to sign him on a permanent deal.
But even if Nice doesn’t take him, the Telegraph says he isn’t staying at the Emirates. The Gunners are inviting any buyers for him; if none show up, they are willing to rip apart his deal, which should expire next summer.
Meanwhile, as Pepe is set to leave, Rice is expected to join. Reports suggest personal terms between Arsenal and the Englishman will be no issue. The Gunners are progressing in talks with West Ham to sign their midfield engine in a record deal. Bayern Munich were said to be keen on taking the Hammer to Germany, but there’s been a revelation from Germany that they have shelved their interest.
Ultimately, this summer, we are hoping that Rice will take over from Pepe as Arsenal’s record signing, and the hope is that he will, unlike the winger, live up to his billing.