The Gunners are known for going under the radar and signing some hidden gems in the transfer window.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Arsenal are linked with surprise move for Porto winger Pepe.
The Brazil international was signed by Porto in July 2021 from Grêmio for a fee of 15 million euros. He has a contract until 2026 with the club.
In total, he has scored six goals and supplied five assists from 40 Porto matches.
The 25-year-old is considered to be one of the best wingers in Brazil. He has represented Brazil at Under-23 level, winning 6 caps and scoring 3 goals.
Pepe is set to be a man in demand in the summer transfer window, with a host of clubs queuing up to pursue his signature.
Arsenal have earmarked Porto winger Pepe as their target, with Mikel Arteta being a ‘huge admirer’ of the player. The Arsenal manager has kept an eye on Pepe for the last 12 months and he is impressed with the winger’s performances.
The English giants are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The former Grêmio man will offer the Arsenal boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Arsenal are lining up a move for exciting Porto winger Pepe. The Brazilian winger, 25, has impressed in Portugal this season. Pepe joined the two-time European Cup winners ahead of the current season after helping Gremio win four consecutive Brazilian titles. He is yet to win a senior cap at international level. If the Gunners complete a deal for Pepe, he will be the second Pepe in their squad after Nicolas Pepe. A Bola says Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been monitoring Pepe’s progress at Porto and is weighing up a move for him. The talent’s existing deal doesn’t expire until June 2026, yet Arsenal can release him from that by triggering his reported €60m clause (around £51.3m). The Gunners may tempt the Portuguese giants with a lower offer for Pepe if rumours are to be believed.”
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It would take a huge offer from Arsenal to prise the 25-year-old winger from Porto.
The Portuguese giants are preparing to sell their winger should they receive a massive offer for him.
Good signing for Arsenal?
If Pepe is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Arsenal.
Pepe is very highly rated in Portugal and he could be a superb long term signing for Arsenal.
The 25-year-old could be a good fit for Arteta’s Arsenal.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal make their move for the 25-year-old in the coming weeks.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.