Man Utd step up interest in €30m Lille winger also wanted by Arsenal

Date published: Thursday 20th September 2018 11:44

Manchester United have reportedly stepped up their interest in signing highly-rated Lille attacker Nicolas Pepe.

Lille are said to have told suitors that the in-demand winger will cost around €30m, if clubs want to sign him in the January transfer window.

Pepe, who netted 13 times in all competitions last season and has 17 in 41 appearances overall, saw his name linked with a move to both Sevilla and Lyon over the summer, while Premier League interest was reported from Southampton.

Saints reportedly saw a €14m offer knocked back by the Ligue 1 side late on in the summer window.

Since then, however, Pepe’s star appears to have risen further, with reports last week suggesting Arsenal had made contact with his representatives ahead of a possible move to Emirates Stadium.

However, French publication Telefoot has since claimed that United have joined the race for his signature after the club sent scouts to check on him in recent weeks.

The player has refused to be fazed by his growing status and currently has three assists and one goal in five Ligue 1 appearances this season.


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