- Nicolas Pépé still seeking an exit from Arsenal, with Besiktas and Al-Shabab as last-ditch options.
- Arsenal facing a dilemma as they may need to terminate Pépé’s contract if no fee is agreed upon.
- Transfer situation complex due to the role of Pépé’s agent and the approaching closure of the Saudi transfer window.
The crossroads for Pépé
It’s no secret that Nicolas Pépé has been angling for an exit from Arsenal throughout the summer.
While the Ivory Coast international was optimistic about a swift departure, complexities have arisen that make the move far from straightforward.
Last-ditch options: Saudi Arabia and Turkey
Pépé was reportedly in Paris recently for a medical in anticipation of a move to Turkish side Besiktas.
But a statement from the Turkish club contradicted these reports, indicating they were not interested in pursuing Pépé.
Additionally, Arsenal are rumoured to be in talks with Saudi Arabian club Al-Shabab for a £4m deal.
However, the imminent closing of the Saudi transfer window puts a ticking clock on any potential agreements.
What lies ahead
Sources suggest that if an offer from Al-Shabab doesn’t materialise, Pépé is expected to travel to Istanbul on Friday.
Besiktas, however, are, as usual, looking for a no-fee addition to their squad, potentially forcing Arsenal into a difficult decision concerning the termination of Pépé’s contract.
This is an unpalatable last resort that the club would, naturally, rather avoid.
Player and agent-driven narrative
The complex dance around Pépé’s potential transfer seems to have been instigated in part by the player’s agent.
Initial talks had stumbled, requiring both clubs to revisit previously discussed terms.
This back-and-forth leaves the footballer in an uncertain situation, as he contends with the emotional toll of such protracted negotiations.
While the transfer saga continues to unfold, the future remains uncertain for Pépé and Arsenal.
With multiple options still in play, only time will tell where the forward will land.