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    Manchester United contact Lille over Nicolas Pepe – Castles


    As per a report from Duncan Castles of the Daily Record, Manchester United have made contact with Lille over the potential summer signing of Nicolas Pepe.

    Lille standout

    Pepe, a 23-year-old Ivorian winger, has been Ligue 1’s breakout star this season.

    The gifted African has notched 20 goals and 11 assists across 36 league outings for Christophe Galtier’s Lille, proving one of the key contributors to Les Dogues’ surprise charge to second-place in the French top-flight.

    Pepe is noted for his turn of pace, ability to beat defenders, eye for a killer pass and, evidently based on his stellar goal return, penchant for finding the net on a consistent basis.

    Premier League links

    As such, the explosive attacker’s stellar form at the Stade Pierre Mauroy has inevitably seen Pepe linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs.

    FARO, PORTUGAL – JULY 20: LOSC Lille forward Nicolas Pepe from Ivory Coast during the match between FC Porto v LOSC Lille for Algarve Football Cup 2018 at Estadio do Algarve on July 20, 2018 in Faro, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

    To this point, all of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich have been named as suitors of the Lille standout.

    Arsenal were even linked with a big-money swoop for Pepe in January:

    Old Trafford bound?

    As per the aforementioned update from Duncan Castles this evening, though, Manchester United appear to have made their first move towards pipping their Premier League rivals to Pepe’s signature.

    In a somewhat surprising report, it is claimed that Manchester City have given winger Leroy Sane permission to open talks with Bayern Munich over a summer move to Bavaria.

    This, in turn, is said to have seen Bayern, a front-runner in the Pepe sweepstakes, cool their interest in the Lille star.

    As such, United have reportedly pounced on this opportunity, by opening talks with Lille over Les Dogues’ crown jewel:

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