This star attacker is in the 7-man list FC Barcelona have prepared to replace their 32-year-old attacker Luis Suarez
English Premier League giants Arsenal will have to 80 million Euros if they are interested in signing Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe in the January transfer window. The attacker is also in the 7-man list FC Barcelona have prepared to replace Luis Suarez, who has shown symptoms of a decline.
This was revealed by the Ligue 1 outfit’s coach, Luis Campos. Campos also said team interested in signing Nicolas Pepe will have to convince the player to leave. He said, “€80m. But [any club] will also have to convince the player.”
The 23-year-old Ivory Cost International has impressed one and all with his performances for Lille in Ligue One. Since joining the French club in 2017, he has been scoring goals with consistency. This season, he has already scored 12 goals and has 7 assists to his name in Ligue One.
Pepe primarily plies his trade as a right-winger but also can play as a centre-forward. He has already proven his goalscoring prowess and will only further bolster Arsenal attacking lineup which already has the like Pierrre Aubameyang, who is English Premier League’s current top scorer this season and Alexandre Lacazette.
Meanwhile, there is no denying he could be a replacement for Luis Suarez at FC Barcelona. The Uruguayan has already become 32 and it is time FC Barcelona start considering replacements for him. As the Lille coach said, if the Catalan club can convince Pepe to join them in Spain and pay 80 million Euros to the French outfit, they could sign him.
It is highly unlikely that Arsenal will spend 80 million Euros in the January transfer window to sign Nicolas Pepe. Meanwhile, FC Barcelona could spend such a sum and sin Nicolas Pepe as a replacement for Luis Suarez. However, they also have 6 other options which Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek who is one of the favourites to become the Serie A top scorer this season. He has already scored 19 goals for Genoa in 19 matches, averaging a goal every match. Will Barca sign Pepe? Only time will tell.