Ligue 1 Forward Emerged As Shock Transfer Target For Man Utd and Arsenal

September 19, 2018

Lille striker Nicolas Pepe is reportedly attracting interest from both Premier League giants Man United and Arsenal.

According to French outlet Telefoot, as cited on Calciomercato, both English clubs are keeping close tabs on the African forward,.

Pepe was strongly linked with a move to the English top-tier throughout the summer, however, he stayed in France.

It was expected that Lille may struggle to keep hold of the player who has found back of the net 13 times across all competitions last campaign.

There has previously been interesting in Europe, with Real Betis, Sevilla and Lyon all linked with the player.

Another Premier League club Southampton had been rumoured with a move for the talented midfielder during the summer and some reports suggested that the Saints had a bid turned down by Lille.

The Saints were offering around €14 million for the 21-year-old, but Lille were demanding closer to €30 million in order to finalise the transfer, which may be an indicator of how much both Arsenal and Man Utd will have to spend.