Arsenal are ready to try and offload winger Nicolas Pepe and AC Milan could have two factors that work in their favour should they try a move, a report claims.
According to Spanish outlet TF, the Ivorian has not managed to adapt well at Arsenal despite the €80m they paid Lille to sign him, and Mikel Arteta has told their management that they can find a new destination for him.
His silly red card against Leeds appears to have been the final straw, and although Arsenal know no club will give them the €80m they paid, the idea is to loan him out to try and get some of his value back before selling.
The big clubs in Europe are monitoring the situation, the report concludes, but MilanLive interestingly add that Milan are ‘thinking about it’.
Milan are a ‘serious candidate’ for various reasons, they claim, because the sale of Samu Castillejo would generate €15m and also open up a spot in the squad to be filled by someone younger, faster and with immeasurable potential.
Ivan Gazidis and Rafael Leao represent two allies for Milan too. The CEO has remained on excellent terms with Arsenal and this could facilitate the negotiation, while Leao is a friend of Pepé as they were part of the same forward line at Lille. The two remain in regular contact, MilanLive add.
Milan could aim for a loan with option to buy at a figure lower than the €50-60m Arsenal would likely request. The Rossoneri could push on the fact that Arsenal need to sell him, and Gazidis would be a perfect mediator.