Nicolas Pepe’s former Lille teammate Yves Bissouma posted on Facebook to welcome Nicolas Pepe to the Premier League on Monday.

Lille's Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Lille at the Licorne stadium in Amiens, northern France, on August 26, 2018. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/Getty Images)
Lille’s Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Amiens and Lille at the Licorne stadium in Amiens, northern France, on August 26, 2018. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP / Getty Images)

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:

Facebook / Yves Bissouma
Facebook / Yves Bissouma

The Pepe transfer appears to be a done deal at this point, with plenty of big hints that it’s happening.

Aubameyang posted a picture doing the winger’s signature celebration, Saliba followed Pepe on Instagram, and the player was even caught on camera arriving at the club.

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.

Nzonzi's Facebook post about Nicolas Pepe (Photo via Twitter / afcstuff)
Nzonzi’s Facebook post about Nicolas Pepe (Photo via Twitter / afcstuff)

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.

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