Pepe In United Link
Manchester United have opened talks over the transfer of Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
According to the Sunday Times, sources close to the players have revealed that discussions took place this week over a move for the Ivory Coast international.
Pepe was watched last season by a number of Premier League clubs, principally Arsenal who sent scouts to watch him on a number of occasions. Liverpool have also been linked while Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich were said at the end of last season to be in pole position to secure his signature. However, that particular trail appears to have gone cold and Pepe remains a Lille player – for now.
That’s largely becayse up to the present time no club have matched Lille’s valuation of €80 million (£70 million). United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted on Saturday that the club won’t pay more than is necessary for players.
“We’ve taken our time, we’re not going to overpay, but we have to get the right people in, the right players,“ said the Norwegian.
It leaves United with less than three weeks to sort out a deal for Pepe before the Premier League’s transfer window closes.
The Sunday Times claims United have advanced what is being described as a “long-standing” interest but that talks have only taken place with his representatives.
Meanwhile, there are reports once again that Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has signed a new deal at Old Trafford.
The Sunday Telegraph believes the Spain international will sign a contract worth £375,000 a week once the club return from their pre-season tour.
The deal will make De Gea the highest-paid goalkeeper in the world. As things stand he can leave for nothing at the end of next season.
The Telegraph adds that the Spaniard, who has been at Old Trafford since 2011, will sign a six-year deal with United that could keep him at the club until 2025.