Arsenal: £67m Pepe replacement 'would be interested' in Emirates move

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta

Arsenal target Yeremy Pino would be “attracted” to a move to the Emirates this summer, believes journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Gunners have been linked with the Villarreal winger as Nicolas Pepe closes in on a switch to Nice, and O’Rourke thinks a transfer to the north London club could be of interest to him.

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What is the latest news involving Pino?

At the start of the month, reports in Spain claimed that Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool were all eyeing Pino.

Since then, GOAL has also claimed that Arsenal are interested in him. According to the football website, the 19-year-old has a £67m release clause but Villarreal are prepared to sell him for a much lower fee.

The north London club are seemingly still in the market for a new winger after watching recent target Raphinha move to Barcelona, something technical director Edu recently spoke about.

“It’s fair we did have some conversations with Deco because Deco is his agent and I have a good relationship [with him] – we are friends,” the Brazilian told Sky Sports.

What has O’Rourke said about Pino to Arsenal?

O’Rourke thinks a move to the Premier League would appeal to Pino and most other players.

When asked does he think the young Spaniard would be interested in a transfer to Arsenal, the journalist said to GIVEMESPORT: “Yeah, I think so. Most players, whatever league they’re playing in, are really attracted to come into the Premier League, and I think Arsenal are a club going in the right direction right now under Mikel Arteta.

“They’ve done some good business in the last few transfer windows and the team is improving.”

Can Arsenal challenge for the title with their new signings?

Arsenal have made some good additions to their squad this summer and Pino could be another one.

He scored seven goals and provided four assists in all competitions last season, which is not bad for a teenager, a teenager who is already a full Spain international.

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Nevertheless, while some like Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira think Arteta’s side can challenge for the title this season, it is probably a year too early. In fact, given the strength of Manchester City and Liverpool, saying a year too early is quite an understatement.

The 2021/22 campaign was another incredible one for City, who won the Premier League crown with 93 points. Liverpool, meanwhile, finished just below them with 92.

Since then, the former have arguably become a stronger team thanks to the addition of Erling Haaland, so there is still a lot of work for Arsenal to do.

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