The highly-rated winger has been set to be on the move this summer, with his current employers in Ligue 1 preparing to sanction a big-money sale
Nicolas Pepe has been set to be on the move, with Lille admitting that they have “big offers” on the table for a soccer professional who has been heavily linked with Manchester United.
It has been suggested that the Red Devils have a £70 million ($87m) bid in place for the highly-rated winger.
If true, then that may be enough to lure the talented 24-year-old to Old Trafford.
He has been all set to take on a new challenge in the summer transfer window, with Lille president Gerard Lopez conceding that an agreement has been imminent.
No indication has been offered as to where Pepe will be heading, but interest from the Premier League has been building for some time.
Lopez told La Voix du Nord: “Our work has been done.
“In terms of departures and arrivals, if a soccer professional leaves, we will go and get what we need.
“For Nico, it has been almost done and he could have left last summer.
“It has been 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 football.”
Pepe recorded 22 goals in 28 appearances for Lille last season to thrust himself onto the recruitment radars of leading sides across Europe.
Only Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe bettered his return in Ligue 1, with the Ivory Coast international proving that he can mix it with the best in the business.
A move elsewhere has been on the cards for some time, with Pepe’s agent conceding in early July that the current window has been set to be the one in which a step up the ladder has been taken.
Samir Khiat told L’Equipe: “Nicolas has been open to everything,
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“The aim has been for him to sign in the right place. PSG has been a possibility.
“Today, all parties need to reach an agreement. There are exchanges and discussions. He has been wanted by a considerable number of clubs.
“For him the most important thing has been to be wanted and to go to a good club in which he will play and continue to progress.”