Nicolas Pepe is due to have his Arsenal Medical and seal the move to North London.
Reports from Sky Sports News say Arsenal is expected to complete the deal to bring the highly-rated and sort after Ivory Coast Forward.
Unai Emery will finally get the kind of transfer he really wanted from the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke.
The deal is reportedly worth 72 million pounds total. However, the powers that be at Arsenal have structured it to suit their budget.
20 Million initially and the balance over four years. An astute piece of business.
This is the player, second only to PSG sensation Kylian Mbappe in the scoring tables of Ligue 1.
Lile themselves are quite content though. They already have a replacement on the books and the down payment alone leaves them turning a profit in this summers transfer dealings.
With 22 goals and 11 assists last season, the 22-year-old Pepe has all the makings of an exceptional talent for now and the future.
This deal will take Arsenal pretty close to their budget of 50 million for this window. With exception of a bargain or a loan deal Unai Emery has his squad set for the 2019/20 season.
The repercussions of this are, what about Wilfried Zaha?
Crystal Palace is insisting on 50 million upfront. That was a non-starter for the Emirate Stadium club. If this deal is finalised as expected that means Zaha is not going to Arsenal.
Everton appears to be the only interested party in Zaha. But as reported by ronaldo.com earlier, Everton has turned their attention to Juventus man Moise Kean. If that deal is concluded, the what?
That may leave the former Manchester United man, with nowhere to go.
While Crystal Palace is not in need of the money, they don’t need a player who doesn’t want to be there either.