Manchester United are expected to be busy in this summer’s transfer windows, with a number of players going in both directions.
A new centre-back and holding midfielder are like to be a priority, but we’ve not had a fixed right winger for a number of seasons now. The likes of Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and others have been tried and tested down our right flank without anyone ever holding down that role.
It is now being reported that we are considering a £45 million move for Lille’s right winger, Nicolas Pepe. The Ivory Coast international is coming off a breakthrough season in Ligue 1 where he has scored 20 goals and provided a further 11 assists in 36 matches.
The Mirror claim that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is weighing up his options, whilst both Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are also interested.
Pepe offers pace, a good dribbler who likes to cut inside, with an eye for goal. He’s also good at creating chances and shooting from long range, as well as winning his fair share of free kicks in dangerous positions.
The report states that we have scouted the player extensively over the duration of this season. Lille still have one more Ligue 1 game remaining this season.
However, the Mirror report that PSG are understood to have already opened talks with their fellow Ligue 1 club, though claim that we are confident we would be able to beat the French champions to his signature. How accurate these claims are certainly remain to be seen.