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£72m flop: Arsenal want £25m player that outshined Messi Neymar and Mbappé to replace him

Arsenal are willing to cut their losses on the £72m player they signed three years ago and are poised to replace him with a 22 year old player from Belgium.

Nicolas Pepe
Nicolas Pepe

PSG lined with their attacking trio of Neymar Jr, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé for the first time in a UEFA Champions League match against Club Brugge but it was a young Belgian midfielder Noa Lang who was the better player on the pitch and outshined the world's most expensive front three.

Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe from French club Lille at the beginning of the 2019/20 season for £72m, a club record, a fee that will be paid in installments over five years but the African winger is yet to hit the ground running for the London club. His fee is yet to be paid in full but the club are willing to cut their losses and move on.

Arsenal's sporting director Edu Gaspar has highlighted that the club's recruitment policy will be focused on signing young players as the club hopes to build a squad that is not only talented and ready to compete but also a squad for the future and at 22 Noa Lang certainly fits into the club's agenda.

The Belgian club value him at £25m, a fee that would not be a problem for the Gunners but with other clubs such as Barcelona and other French clubs interested in the Belgian international, Brugge could be holding out for more for their prized asset.

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