Arsenal reportedly could sell six players to raise fund for Nicolas Pepe remaining transfer money, according to a report.
The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international moves to Emirate Stadium for £72m club-record fee on a five-year contract last summer.
However, the deal came as a shock following Arsenal slim budget to do business with but North London outfit was only able to push through the transfer by convincing Ligue 1 giant Lille to agree to receiving the fee in a number of instalments.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Mikel Arteta side was able to meet the next payment, as well as being able to allocate funds for other targets.
However, according to Bleacher Report claim that Arsenal officials are eager to sell a number of players this upcoming transfer window to ensure they have money Lille in other to avoid problems with Ligue 1 side.
Several first-team players are already being linked with an exit, including Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolanasic, and Granit Xhaka and club captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has just over a year left on his contract at Emirate Stadium.
Although Pepe has endured a mixed first season, the Ivory Coast international has still contributed six goals and eight assists in the Premier League and Europa League.