Ivorian Nicolas Pépé loaned to Nice


Arsenal Ivorian international striker Nicolas Pépé, 27, has been loaned to OGC Nice for one season without a purchase option, the Riviera club announced on Thursday evening.

Arrived Thursday in Nice, the former Lille resident passed the medical examination in the morning, before his representatives finalized the transaction with the French club. It was officially presented to the Nice public a few minutes before the start of the Nice-Maccabi Tel Aviv meeting, counting for the return play-offs of the Europa League Conference (1-0 defeat in the first leg).

Under contract until June 2024 with the Arsenal Gunners, where coach Mikel Arteta does not count on him for this season, Pépé was however loaned without an option to buy.

The striker began his professional career at Angers, before making an impression with Lille between 2017 and 2019. He was then transferred, in August 2019, to Arsenal for 80 million euros and had signed five seasons for the club. Londoner.

In three seasons with the Gunners, he played 79 Premier League games and scored 16 goals. Corridor player with 13 selections with Côte d’Ivoire, he can also play as a centre-forward.

According to the Nice club, Pépé will be administratively qualified for the reception of Marseille, from Sunday, during the 4th day of L1.

Pépé is the sixth signing of OGC Nice after Romanian attacking midfielder Rares Ilie, 19, transferred for 5 million euros from Rapid Bucharest, Welshman Aaron Ramsey, 31, arrived free after terminating his contract with Juventus Turin, Italian international hopeful central defender Mattia Viti, 20, transferred from Empoli for 10 million euros, French midfielder Alexis Beka Beka, 21, recruited for 12 million euros from Lokomotiv Moscow and the Danish international goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 35 years old.

The club is still counting on the arrival of a left-back defender and a center forward before the end of the transfer window.

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