Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils ‘join race’ for £60million-rated Arsenal and Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe
Manchester United have become the latest Premier League club to express interest in Lille superstar Nicolas Pepe, reports claim.
The 23-year-old forward, who has emerged as one of Ligue 1’s brightest stars, has also caught the attention of Arsenal and Liverpool.
According to the Daily Express, United have identified the Ivorian as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, whose future at Old Trafford looks increasingly uncertain.
Lukaku is expected to follow Paul Pogba out of the Old Trafford exit door this summer, with Juventus and Inter Milan both reportedly keen on luring the striker to Italy.
Pepe has taken Ligue 1 by storm this season, with only Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe ahead of him in the goalscoring charts.
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Lille look set to finish second in the French top flight, thanks largely to the form of Pepe, and the club are already resigned to the prospect of losing him this summer.
Club president Gerard Lopez recently told Telefoot: “Four or five players will be leaving this summer.
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“All clubs are forced to balance their accounts except perhaps one. I would say yes, it is sure he [Pepe] will leave.
“He enters a price range that can no longer be paid. There is a career choice to make for him, I think he will have the choice.”
Pepe is under contract with Lille until the summer of 2022. It is understood the club value him at £60million.
Source: SportsLatest TS