Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal are leading the race for FC Porto winger Pepe, but Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace are keen on securing his services in the summer transfer window as well, according to Correio da Manha.
The report in the Portuguese publication has claimed that Arsenal are at the top of the list of suitors for Pepe, but Palace – managed by Gunners legend Vieira – are also keen on the winger.
There is a release clause of €70 million (£59.42m) in the FC Porto winger’s contract, but the Portuguese giants are willing to sell him for between €50m (£42.44m) and €60m (£50.93m), plus performance bonuses.
Arsenal or Crystal Palace for FC Porto’s Pepe?
In our opinion, a move to Arsenal over Crystal Palace would appeal more to FC Porto winger Pepe, described as ‘a new Luis Diaz’ in Correio da Manha.
The Brazilian is 25 now, and he will surely want to play for as big a club as possible at this stage of his career.
Palace are an established club in the Premier League, but the Eagles are unlikely to challenge for the Champions League places anytime soon.
Arsenal could finish in the Premier League top four this campaign.
Pepe can operate as a right-winger or as a left-winger.
The Brazilian has made 14 starts and 13 substitute appearances in the Portuguese league this season.
The FC Porto no. 11 has scored four goals and given three assists in those games.