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 Arsenal.com
Nicolas Pepe via Arsenal.com

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 Arsenal.com 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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