Arsenal and Liverpool told Manchester United have held talks to sign £57 million Lukaku replacement Pepe
Reports have claimed Manchester United have made contact to sign Arsenal and Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe this summer window, according to Duncan Castles.
With the Premier League season coming to a close and the trio’s attention focusing on next season, there has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few months on whom they will look to try and acquire in the coming transfer window.
And one name that has been mentioned about a possible move to the Premier League is that of Pepe, as the 23-year-old Pepe is among the most highly-rated forwards in Europe and his transfer value is estimated at more than 50 million euros (£57 million).
Pepe has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season and has been tipped to become one of the most deadly strikers in the game, with Arsenal boss Unai Emery and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sending scouts to watch the young man on numerous occasions.
But according to recent reports, United have identified the Ivorian as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku, whose future at Old Trafford looks increasingly uncertain, and have already made contact with Lille about as possible £70 million deal.
“One of the clubs interested in Pepe [that] have expressed an interest to Lille is Manchester United,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“I’m told that last week a phone call went in to one of the Lille directors to enquire about the cost of a transfer for Pepe, who’s been outstanding in the French division this year, scoring goals and creating goals with a great deal of pace, actually a very good fit to what Manchester United would need on the right wing, to ask whether he would be available for sale.”
Pepe is showing great potential and is just the sort of young striker that could develop into something special, if he makes the right career move and the fact the Premier League trio are all seeking a deal, means he will have options.
Pepe is destined for the big time and his £57 million price tag could be a big investment for any club that signs him, it will just be a case of whom offers the club and the player the most, as money talks in football right now.
But is he the right man to lead the United attack to get them back into the Champions League? We do not think so.