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Arsenal have reportedly registered an interest in signing Porto’s Brazilian forward Pepe during the summer transfer window.

He would become the second Pepe to have joined the club in the last three years after the Gunners signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille in 2019 for £72million.

However, the Ivory Coast international has struggled to make a regular impact in north London – having scored just one goal during the 2021-2022 campaign.

Arsenal have registered an interest in Brazilian forward Pepe after watching him excel with Porto last season.

According to Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola, Arsenal approached the Portuguese side over a potential deal for Pepe while they were negotiating terms for his former teammate Fabio Vieira.

The English Premier League giants were told they would need to part ways with £60m to be in with a chance of signing the 23-year-old.

However, Mikel Arteta’s side were reluctant to match their asking price and subsequently presented Porto with a £25.5m offer.

The Portuguese side were quick to reject the tabled bid – telling Arsenal they needed to fork out double to acquire his services.

Arsenal have not presented Porto with another offer but they are expected to make one in the coming days – according to reports.

By Amara

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