Milan Keeping a Watchful Eye on Frustrated Arsenal Forward

Nicolas Pepe has not fully lived up to expectations at Arsenal, and he might be on the move in the summer, with Milan among the possible suitors. The Ivorian winger transferred to London for a hefty sum two years ago. His contract runs out in 2024.

The 26-year-old admitted his uneasiness in a recent presser: “I am focused on how well we do until the end of the season and the club’s targets. Then we will see what happens. It is hard for a coach to make changes when a team is winning. Mikel Arteta explained it to me, and he knows what I think and how hard I am practicing. Communication is not easy due to the language barrier. Obviously, not playing is frustrating, but I have to respect his decisions. It has been a tough season for me.”

Milan are keeping tabs on Pepe, but they would need his price tag to plummet, Corriere dello Sport informs. The Gunners signed him for €72M in 2019. The Rossoneri would consider investing around €30M, as he could easily bounce back after a change of scenery. On the other hand, Arsenal might simply keep him on the roster to have more options, especially if they qualified for the Champions League.

The attacker has logged just 864 minutes in 2021-2022, tallying 3 goals and 5 assists. He had featured more regularly in the previous two campaigns. If things broke right for them, Milan could target Pepe amid a likely retool of their frontline.