AC Milan are considering approaching Arsenal with a view to a loan move for Nicolas Pépé.
The Ivorian international form for Lille in 2019 persuaded the Gunners to pay a club record fee of £72 million for him in 2019 (although the propriety of that deal has since been questioned in the light of the subsequent departure of the club’s head of football at the time, Raul Sanhelli).
He has been unable to replicate his French form in England, and has been in and out of the team this season, not starting in the league since the home draw with Crystal Palace.
Milan want to follow the blueprint they adopted with Fikayo Tomori who they signed from Chelsea, taking him first on loan, and then, if he impresses, looking to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
With two years left on hs deal next summer, Arsenal have a decision to make about his future anyway, but the Serie A side are prepared to offer a short-term solution.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.