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Pepe becomes Africa’s most expensive player in the world

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New Arsenal striker Nicholas Pepe is the most expensive African footballer in the world
New Arsenal striker Nicholas Pepe is the most expensive African footballer in the world

Nicolas Pepe put pen to paper on Thursday to conclude his transfer from Lille to Arsenal, the fee of £72 million ($87 million) made the Ivorian the most expensive African footballer in the world.

Napoli made a late approach for the forward but he had shown a preference for Arsenal from the start and duly signed on the dotted line.

He will earn in the region of eight million Euros a year and in return Gunners fans will want goals as they dream of a return to the Champions League.

Goals are Pepe’s currency — he scored 22 last season as Lille finished in a surprising second place in Ligue 1.

Here is the top five most expensive African players transfer.

  • Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) – £72 million ($87 million), Lille to Arsenal, July 2019
  • Cedric Bakambu (Democratic Republic of Congo) – £65.4 million ($83 million), Villarreal to Beijing Guoan, February 2018
  • Riyad Mahrez (Algeria) – £60 million ($76 million), Leicester City to Manchester City, January 2018
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon) – £56 million ($71 million), Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal, January 2018
  • Naby Keita (Guinea) – £52.75 ($67 million), Leipzig to Liverpool, July 2018

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