Nicolas Pepe’s former Lille teammate Yves Bissouma posted on Facebook to welcome Nicolas Pepe to the Premier League on Monday.
Bissouma, who joined fellow Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion from Lille in 2018, welcomed his old teammate to the Premier League in a post on his official Facebook page. It’s now been deleted, but we confirmed its authenticity before the removal:
The Pepe transfer appears to be a done deal at this point, with plenty of big hints that it’s happening.
Bissouma wasn’t the only professional footballer to explicitly post about the transfer before it was officially confirmed, though. Steven Nzonzi also posted the same mocked-up picture of Pepe in an Arsenal kit along with a link to the player’s own Facebook page.
Quite how Nzonzi and Pepe know each other is anyone’s guess, given they’ve never been teammates or opponents for club or country. Their places of birth are only a 42-minute drive apart, so perhaps they bonded over that.
Pepe reportedly underwent his medical and contract signing in London on Tuesday, though the deal won’t be confirmed until some time later this week.
When it goes through, it’ll be one of the major transfers of the 2019 window. It’s no surprise it’s making waves through the football community right now.