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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to revive Manchester United interest in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe – reports

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly going to revive the clubs interest in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe this summer. It is suggested that the Norwegian wants to have an ambitions squad ahead of the 2019/20 season. The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international is also a target for Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan.

It is also reported that Arsenal is also interested in the winger but with their low transfer budget and the fact the winger would cost around £70 million or more, they are unlikely to sign the Ivorian. It is suggested that Pepe would prefer a move to PSG, taking the place of Neymar, if he is to leave this summer.

However, it was reported by L’Equipe that Inter Milan has made an £80 million offer for the Lille winger which could start a bidding war, which is probably what Lille wants. It is said that Solskjaer would like the land the winger, who is currently playing for his country in the African Cup of Nations, playing 90 minutes earlier today in the 1-0 victory over South Africa.

Pepe has been linked to United already this summer but many months ago it was suggested that the player would only leave the French club for a club in the UEFA Champions League, which could be a problem for United. However, Eric Bailly, an international teammate of Pepe could be a figure that holds a key for United, in my opinion anyway, although other teams may have more to offer.

The 24-year-old played a total of 41 times for his club last season, playing in the Ligue 1, the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue, scoring 23 goals in all competitions, assisting a further 12 goals, playing 3,537 minutes of football for the French club who finished as runners-up to PSG, albeit 15 points behind them.

Solskjaer will have other targets as he looks to start his rebuild of United this summer. At this moment in time, United has signed one player; Daniel James, but have Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes still linked to the club. So far, this is not a summer transfer window that everyone expected but since when do things end up how they were expected? There is still time to sort out United’s transfer plans this summer.

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