AC Milan have reportedly registered an interest in out of favour Arsenal foward Nicolas Pepe, who is available for a fee of €30 million.

According to Il Milanista, AC Milan’s sporting director Federic Massara is scouring the market for potential offensive reinforcements options in the upcoming January transfer window. One of the players he is keen on is Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe, who is highly fancied by the Serie A giants.

Milan are indeed attracted by Pepe’s current situation at Arsenal. The Ivorian has not had much success since joining the Gunners in 2019, for a record fee of €80 million. Brought in by former manager Unai Emery, the player has never really made an impression under Mikel Arteta, who feels he has shown enough patience and is now ready to cash in on him in January.

Very few could blame the Spaniard, as Pepe has truly struggled at the Emirates. During his ongoing two and a half year spell at the club, he has featured in 98 competitive matches, scoring 25 goals while supplying only 18. His underwhelming numbers in the final third have coincided with Arsenal’s mediocrity in recent years.

The club is currently trending upwards now that Arteta has moved on from Pepe. He has found a great deal of success with young players like Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, which is why the Arsenal manager is now prepared to part ways with the Ivorian. They reportedly value the player at around €30 million, hoping to recoup at least a fraction of what they had spent in 2019.

Consistency is the name of the game for Pepe moving forward (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Pepe’s career at Arsenal might soon be over. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

It appears they won’t have issues finding any suitors either, with AC Milan keen on Pepe’s services in the upcoming January transfer market. The Rossoneri are looking to add some depth on the flanks, especially on the right, where Alexis Saelemaekers is the only reliable option.

Nicolas Pepe could be an ideal option due to his experience at the highest level of football coupled with his silky style of play that will add more dynamism to the Milan frontline. However, the Serie A giants are not the only club interested in the services of the Ivorian, who has emerged as a target for multiple Premier League outfits, including Crystal Palace, Everton and Newcastle United.

Pepe’s potential sale could be a major boost for Arsenal, who will be keen on adding a new attacking face in January, with Juventus’s Dejan Kulusevski emerging as a top target.

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