Manchester United have begun talks to sign £70m-rated Ivorien and Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, according to reports.
After failing to lead United to Champions league qualifications, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to bolster his squad ahead of next season. While it is expected that the Norwegian boss will be supported in the transfer window financially, he would be actively involved in the market this season.
Pepe who moved to Lille in the summer of 2017 has become one of the best players in the club. He scored 23 goals and provided 12 assists in 41 appearances for club in all competitions this season and his barnstorming display has caught the attention of the clubs in England.
Arsenal were thought to be interested in the star but Duncan Castles, who works for the Daily record has claimed Liverpool have made the first move to sign the 23-year-old star. However, hes added that the Ivorian star is wanted by United, who have begun talks with the representative of the player.
“From what I’ve been told, Liverpool have been in contact with Pepe’s agent to discuss a deal, his interest in coming and what is would cost to come. Lille are aware of this and are waiting for a bid.” Castle said on Transfer window podcast.
“Manchester United have inquired directly to Lille about what the transfer fee would be. PSG also have an interest in Pepe. Lille have been very clear he’s available for sale and the asking price is €80m (£70m). They would love to have a bid come in from Liverpool and United to get an auction going.”
Lukaku is a subject of bid from Italian clubs and if he’s sold, Rashford would be made the point man for United, leaving space for Pepe.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are expected to bolster their squad but Pepe may not get into Klopp’s first team.