It looks like Manchester United just can’t catch a break right now, as the team hasn’t been able to secure any big-name signings yet, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James as their lone reinforcements for the upcoming season.
Moreover, with Paul Pogba trying to complete a move out of the team and Tottenham allegedly reluctant to engage in conversations with them regarding Christian Eriksen, now their also struggling to secure their top target for the summer.
According to Yahoo! Sport France, LOSC Lille rejected a “firm” €80m (£71.7m) bid for Nicolas Pepe, the Ivory Coast international that took the Ligue 1 for assault.
The 24-year-old scored 23 goals and handed out 12 assists in 41 caps for Lille throughout the past campaign and drew the attention of European giants like Arsenal, Liverpool, Bayern Munchen, and Napoli.
That’s why Gerard Lopez, Lille’s president, acknowledged the fact that they’re not likely going to be able of keeping him beyond this month:
“For Nico, it is almost done and he could have left last summer. It is true that there are big offers and big clubs in for him, so I think… (he will leave). Aside from that, you never know in soccer,” Lopez told French outlet La Voix du Nord.
Moreover, the report claims Pepe had already agreed on being sent to Manchester United, so perhaps it’s just a matter of time before both parties agree on the terms for a transaction.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also likely to lose Romelu Lukaku at the hands of Internazionale, so they need to dig deep in the market to try and find a suitable replacement.
The Red Devils are in no financial trouble whatsoever so taking their offer up a notch shouldn’t be a problem for them, but whether they’re willing to spend that much on an intriguing prospect like Pepe is yet to be seen.