Four clubs will benefit from Arsenal’s purchase of Nicolas Pepe for a club-record £72m – Lille, Angers, FC Solitaires and Stade Poitevin FC.

Nicolas Pepe via
Nicolas Pepe via

Arsenal finally announced Nicolas Pepe on Thursday afternoon to much fanfare even though the delay between his arrival for a medical at the start of the week and his appearance on took away some of the gloss. Modern football and the 24-hour news cycle will do that.

We all knew that Angers would receive €7m from their sell-on clause with Lille but it has also been revealed that two other former Pepe clubs will benefit too.

FC Solitaires will receive €600,000 training compensation as the club were Pepe started his journey as a goalkeeper.

He then moved some 295km away to Poitiers in 2012 when his father changed jobs, taking the opportunity to also switch to an outfield position. They will reportedly receive €1m from the deal.

Arsenal, for their part, are believed to be paying £20m upfront with the rest paid off over five years.

Although much has been made of Arsenal paying in installments, this is common in football.

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