NEWS
Monday July 29 2019
Ancelotti 'not disappointed' over Pepe

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has conceded defeat to Arsenal over Lille winger Nicolas Pepe but insisted that ‘I’m not disappointed’.

Pepe is set to join Arsenal over Napoli after the latter were unable to agree personal terms with the 24-year-old, but Ancelotti made it clear his club would not dwell on their failure.

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Sunday July 28 2019
Analysing Napoli's ambition

Football Italia’s Chief Correspondent Richard Hall wonders if Napoli’s approach to the transfer market is proving counter-productive...

There was an air of inevitability when it emerged that Arsenal had toppled Napoli for Nicolas Pepe. All summer, the Partenopei have been looking to add a marque attacking signing to their ranks but, as yet, have failed to do so. The feeling that this year is their year to catch Juventus seems to be driving their ambition, but they have not been able to deliver. What’s next for Carlo Ancelotti’s team and why have they lost out again on another big name?

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Sunday July 28 2019
Napoli 'still in for Pepe'

Napoli have reportedly increased their contract offer to Nicolas Pepe as they still look to beat Arsenal to the Lille winger.

Arsenal appeared to have won the race for Pepe, agreeing an €80m fee with Lille and matching the player’s demands.

Napoli, on the other hand, were said to have been put off by the commission requested by the Ivorian’s representatives.

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NEWS
Saturday July 27 2019
Pepe to Arsenal, Napoli in for Lozano

With Nicolas Pepe seemingly going to Arsenal, Napoli are turning their focus back to PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving 'Chucky' Lozano.

Multiple sources in England and Italy today claim that although Napoli met Lille’s €80m asking price, Pepe’s agents rejected the personal terms and preferred to strike a deal with Arsenal instead.

Much of it was down to the commission, totalling €10m, that the Partenopei would’ve had to pay the representatives.

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Saturday July 27 2019
Reports: Napoli lose Pepe to Arsenal

Napoli seem to have lost out to Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe, as while Lille sell for €80m, only the Gunners agreed to his agents’ demands.

The situation reached a head this week when Pepe’s agents landed by helicopter in the Napoli pre-season training camp Dimaro.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he had met them as part of negotiations, while Lille President Gerard Lopez announced the €80m asking price had been met.

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Saturday July 27 2019
Arsenal increase Pepe offer

Arsenal have reportedly matched Napoli’s €80m offer for Nicolas Pepe, but are prepared to meet the Lille man’s personal demands.

“We’ve received offers that satisfy us in a financial sense from four clubs. (Napoli President Aurelio) De Laurentiis has met our asking price of €80m,” declared Lille President Gerard Lopez on Friday.

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Friday July 26 2019
Reports: Napoli or Arsenal for Pepe

Sportitalia claims Nicolas Pepe has chosen to join Napoli, yet Sky Sport Italia suggests the Lille winger is closer to Arsenal.

Napoli and Arsenal are among the four clubs who have agreed to meet Lille’s €80m asking price for Pepe.

According to Sportitalia’s Alfredo Pedulla, the Ivorian is headed for the Partenopei as they will resolve differences in commission to his representatives quickly.

That would see them make ‘the almost-seamless transition’ of offering the €4.5-5m a season the player wants.

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Friday July 26 2019
Revealed: Napoli's Pepe rivals

Napoli are reportedly being rivalled by Inter, Arsenal and Liverpool for the signature of Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

Lille confirmed earlier that Napoli had met their €80m asking price for Pepe but warned three other clubs were also willing to fork out such a sum.

According to L’Equipe, the sides in question are Arsenal, Liverpool and Serie A rivals Inter.

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Friday July 26 2019
Lille: Pepe to Napoli for €80m

Lille’s President has confirmed that Napoli are ready to meet his €80m asking price for winger Nicolas Pepe.

Pepe’s representatives caused something of a stir yesterday when they landed in Dimaro for talks with Napoli, and Gerard Lopez revealed they were one of four clubs in the running to sign the 24-year-old.

“Last year we asked Pepe to stay, with the promise that we’d sell him in this transfer window,” Lopez told Tuttosport.

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Thursday July 25 2019
Pepe personal terms worry Napoli

Nicolas Pepe’s agents visited Napoli today and Lille would favour the transfer, but it’s reported his wage demands are causing problems.

The 24-year-old right-sided attacking winger is hot property on the market this summer after 23 goals and 12 assists in 41 competitive games last season.

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