According to Foot Mercato, Premier League club Leicester City are interested in Nicolas Pepe, as Brendan Rodgers eyes late reinforcements to his attacking setup. The Ivorian winger has been made available and is inching closer to signing for French side OGC Nice. Nicolas Pepe is unwanted at Arsenal, with Mikel Arteta disinterested in selecting him as a starter. The Ivorian has not started a Premier League game since the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in October 2021, and the club are open to offers.
Leicester City are one of the few clubs that have not yet signed an outfield player in this window. There are reported board-level problems that have prevented Brendan Rodgers from strengthening his squad. Additionally, before the window shuts, the Foxes could lose key players, such as Youri Tielemans, Wesley Fofana and possibly even James Maddison. Signing Pepe could offset some of the frustrations at the club, as the Ivorian could revive his career in the Premier League under Rodgers.
Whether the interest has any weightage cannot be determined now, and whether the Foxes want him on loan or permanently remains to be seen. However, it could open the door for Arsenal to use Pepe as a bargaining chip, as they remain interested in Tielemans.