Manchester United Rumoured to Have Transfer Interest in Lille's Nicolas Pepe

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2019

Lille's Nicolas Pepe controls the ball during the French League One soccer match between Lille and Monaco at the Lille Metropole stadium, in Villeneuve d'Ascq, northern France, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
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Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Lille's Nicolas Pepe as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rebuilds his squad.

Duncan Castles of the Daily Record reported the Red Devils might bid for the improving forward, who could be available for €80 million (£69.5 million).

United struggled to find the back of the net in the final months of the season as they finished sixth in the Premier League.

According to Castles, the 23-year-old was recommended to the United board by former boss Jose Mourinho last summer before his dismissal.

The winger has experienced a breakout campaign in Ligue 1, catapulting his club to second in the French top flight.

Toulouse's Japanese defender Gen Shoji (L) dives to tackle Lille's Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe during the French L1 football match between Toulouse and Lille at The Municipal Stadium in Toulouse, southern France on April 21, 2019. (Photo by REMY GABALDA

Pepe, who has scored 20 goals and provided 11 assists this term, would provide United a fresh option to start on the right wing.

The Ivory Coast international has developed into one of the most promising players in the world and would allow the Red Devils to possess a balanced attack with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Bayern Munich have also expressed a serious interest in the player but could now switch their attentions to Manchester City's Leroy Sane, per Castles.

Solskjaer has a huge job to make his club competitive once again. United finished five points behind Tottenham Hotspur for the league's fourth UEFA Champions League spot, and stronger performances will be demanded by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward next season.