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Manchester United in ‘concrete talks’ with Lille over Pepe

Morocco v Cote d'Ivoire: Group D - 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

CAIRO, EGYPT - JUNE 28:Achraf Hakimi of Morocco and Nicolas Pepe of Ivory Coast during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group D match between Morocco and Ivory Coast at Al-Salam Stadium on June 28, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)


Manchester United are reportedly in “concrete talks” to agree a fee with Lille for much-tracked playmaker Nicolas Pepe.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder has been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal amongst others, and Lille has admitted he’ll be leaving the club.

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United’s reported salvo was around $87.5 million. He’d give them a star who could play across from Anthony Martial or as an attacking midfielder under Romelu Lukaku.

Only Kylian Mbappe and Teji Savanier garnered better season-long ratings than Pepe in the 2018-19 Ligue 1 campaign, and Pepe’s 22 goals and 11 assists stand out from the pack. Only Mbappe had more goals and only Savanier more assists.

Pepe has four goals in 11 caps for the Ivory Coast, and made three starts in Les Elephants’ five-match run at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. He’s a fit for the Premier League, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system. And if the Red Devils can keep him from Liverpool, well, all the better we’re sure.

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