Arsenal swooped into the Portuguese league in the summer to sign Fabio Vieira from FC Porto, and the Gunners are expected to bombard the Liga NOS giants in the January transfer window.
After impressing in Portugal, Porto winger Pepe is a new name linked with a move to the Premier League. Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly set to compete for FC Porto winger Pepe. Juventus have also expressed interest in the 25-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.
After being linked with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs, Arsenal dipped into the Portuguese market in the summer to sign Fabio Vieira from Porto for £34 million. In north London, the Portugal Under-21 international has shown flashes of his talent.
Mikel Arteta’s side could now return to Porto in January, but they will face competition. Chelsea is gearing up for a busy winter transfer window after spending over £270 million in Todd Boehly’s first window as manager.
According to A Bola (via The Sun), both London clubs are set to compete for the winger’s signature this winter. According to the report, Arsenal was interested in Pepe last summer but were unable to meet Porto’s asking price, so they went with Vieira instead.
According to the report, the Premier League pair have been blown away by his performances this season, leaving their scouts “mouths open.” If the reports are true, the clubs would not have been enticed by his numbers.
According to the report, the Premier League pair have been blown away by his performances this season, leaving their scouts “mouths open.” If the reports are true, the clubs would not have been enticed by his numbers, with Pepe scoring only seven goals in 22 appearances this season.
However, with reports linking Mykhaylo Mudryk and Cody Gakpo to the Premier League for £40 million and £50 million, respectively, Pepe is expected to cost at least £65 million, triggering his release clause. It’s unclear whether either club will take a chance on the winger in January, with Juventus also reportedly interested.