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Man Utd to hijack Liverpool's Nicolas Pepe move

Transfer: Manchester United to hijack Liverpool's Nicolas Pepe transfer

July 22, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Red Devils are set to beat their rivals to the signing of the Ligue 1 sensation.

Manchester United is ready to go all out and pip rivals Liverpool to the signing of French Ligue 1 sensation Nicolas Pepe. The Red Devils have seemingly reignited interest in the 24-year-old Ivorian forward with the player yet to sort out his future.

Pepe has attracted interest from a host of top European clubs after enjoying a stellar campaign with Lille last season. The winger was instrumental in his side finishing in second on the league log, scoring 22 goals and registering 11 assists in 38 appearances.

As per L'Equipe last week, the player was considering the best possible destination after Lille received three bids on his behalf. The report cited Liverpool, Arsenal and Inter Milan as the teams to have submitted the offer while there was interest from other top clubs in Serie A as well as La Liga.

On Monday, Times revealed that Manchester United has now emerged as frontrunners with the club making significant breakthrough in negotiations with Lille for Nicolas Pepe. According to the English publication, a source close to the winger confirmed that talks progressed to advances stages last week and the Red Devils are expected to submit a formal offer for the player who is valued in excess the of £70 million.

Manchester United is expected to fund the move with money raised from Romelu Lukaku's probable sale to Inter Milan this summer. The Belgian striker is expected to cost the Serie A outfit not less than £80 million.

 

 


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