Negotiations are ongoing for Nicolas Pepe to join OGC Nice after he was left out of Arsenal’s squad on Saturday, and Sevilla aren’t currently in the race.

Ivory Coast's forward Nicolas Pepe reacts after scoring a shot in a penalty shoot-out during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 round of 16 football match between Ivory Coast and Egypt at Stade de Japoma in Douala on January 26, 2022. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)
Ivory Coast’s forward Nicolas Pepe reacts after scoring a shot in a penalty shoot-out during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 round of 16 football match between Ivory Coast and Egypt at Stade de Japoma in Douala on January 26, 2022. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

Fabrizio Romano reports that talks are continuing between Arsenal and OGC Nice over a loan deal for Nicolas Pepe, with the Gunners telling Pepe he has to find a new team as soon as possible.

Romano adds that despite some rumours to the contrary, Sevilla haven’t made a proposal for Pepe at this stage.

It certainly seems like progress is being made in Arsenal’s attempts to offload Pepe for the season, as he was left out of the matchday squad to face Bournemouth on Saturday.

Arsenal are ideally looking to replace Pepe with a new winger through the remainder of the transfer window, but it seems Fabio Vieira will be their alternative to Bukayo Saka if that fails.

Mikel Arteta reportedly requested Arsenal u21 coach Mehmet Ali use the summer signing on the right-wing in his start for the u21s on Wednesday, and it was Vieira who came in for Pepe on the bench this weekend.

LONDON, ENGLAND: Junior Firpo of Leeds United marks Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on May 08, 2022. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Junior Firpo of Leeds United marks Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Leeds United at Emirates Stadium on May 08, 2022. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Gunners clearly think there’s a chance Pepe completes his move away from the club in the coming days, so it’s not worth risking him in a competitive match in the meantime.

But with less than two weeks until the end of the transfer window, it’s going to be a race against time to get something done.

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