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If Manchester United has the chance to sign Nicolas Pepe they need to take it!

Lille forward Nicolas Pepe will be a wanted footballer during the summer transfer window. Manchester United have been credited with an interest in him some months ago and the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have all been looking at the player with the possibility of launching a move for him this summer.

The 23-year-old had a great season in France, making 41 appearances, scoring 23 goals and assisting a further 12 goals. He’s played a total of 3,537 minutes of football meaning that he averages a goal every 154 minutes. In the past week, it was reported by a number of newspapers that United had made contact with Lille ahead of a prospective move this summer. However, that might not be the truth.

The reported £70 million fee which Lille are said to be demanding might see the likes of Arsenal look for alternative targets, however, it may see them pay the money for the player with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan seemingly likely to leave the club this summer. The player is contracted at Lille until the summer of 2022.

Lille manager Christophe Galtier has confirmed that the player will be leaving the club this summer, previously speaking to Canal+, which was reported by The Metro. There have also been quotes attributed by the manager on social media suggesting the same thing, although in a different way. Speaking to Canal+ a matter of days ago, Galtier said:

“Nicolas Pepe will leave. Life’s like that, football’s like that today.

“He is a player of the highest level who will have a big decision to make on the choice of his next club. There will be a battle between the great European teams.

“I hope that he will take good amount of time to think about it, do his research, like he did when he came here and when he decided to stay here (last summer), find the right project.”

It was suggested when United were first linked to the player that he would leave Lille for a club in the UEFA Champions League, which is not what United can offer next season, finishing sixth in the Premier League and qualifying for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League.

joie des joueurs de Lille apres le but de Nicolas Pepe (Losc) FOOTBALL : Lille vs Lyon – Ligue 1 Conforama – 01/12/2018 JBAutissier/Panoramic.

However, Galtier spoke about the player finding ‘the right project’. This made me think about the possibility of the player signing for a club in a rebuilding process. United are about to embark on yet another one but this time it will need to work. More than £700 million has been spent during the past six years but it has been spent badly.

United would be making a right move if they targeted a player such as Pepe. He is a left-footed right attacking midfielder who can also play as a right-winger (further upfield) and is also able to play as a right midfielder, presumably in a 4-4-2 or even a 4-3-3 formation. United has been lacking a player in this position for years now and it is time Ed Woodward got it sorted, especially as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to get the club back on the right track.

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