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Arsenal smash transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe for £72m from Lille as Ivory Coast winger pens five-year deal Arsenal have confirmed signing of Nicolas Pepe for £72million from Lille  The winger becomes the club's record signing after penning five-year contract  It is thought the fee will be paid over five years with just £20m given upfront 

By James Ayles For Mailonline

Published: 16:28 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 16:30 BST, 1 August 2019

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Nicolas Pepe has become Arsenal's record signing after joining from Lille for £72million on a five-year contract.

It is understood the transfer will involve a £20m upfront fee, with the rest to be paid in instalments over the next five years due to the Gunners' transfer constraints. 

The 24-year-old had emerged as the Gunners' primary target after hitting 23 goals in 41 games for the Ligue 1 side last season - his 22 league goals leaving him behind only Kylian Mbappe in the scoring charts.

Arsenal have made 24-year-old Lille forward Nicolas Pepe their record signing for £72million

Arsenal have made 24-year-old Lille forward Nicolas Pepe their record signing for £72million

A leaked video online showed Pepe donning his new Arsenal colours for the first time this week

A leaked video online showed Pepe donning his new Arsenal colours for the first time this week

Pepe completed his medical and signed the

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