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Manchester United identifies exciting £70m-rated attacker as key replacement for top striker

Manchester United have an interest in signing one of Europe’s breakout stars if this player leaves this summer, the attacker is attracting interest from high clubs all over Europe.

According to the Times (subscription required), Manchester United have identified Nicolas Pepe as a possible choice to replace wantaway star Romelu Lukaku this summer.

The Red Devils have informed inter Milan that they’re running out of patience and would like the Italian giants to meet their £80m price-tag for Lukaku before long, as United can solely sell the star if they will arrange the transfer of a replacement.

Pepe
Pepe

With the window set to shut in two weeks, time is running out for inter to intensify their efforts for Lukaku, the report highlights that their latest bid of £54m was rejected by the Manchester outfit.

United will have to be compelled to battle with several Europe’s biggest clubs to land the signing of Pepe, who is valued at £70m by Lille.

As per French outlet LE ten Sport, Arsenal and inter Milan are also keen on signing the forward this summer, United would be making a massive statement by landing the in-demand star.

The Times disclosed earlier this summer that Liverpool is also inquisitive about the star’s signature, the Reds have even made contact with the star’s representatives over a possible transfer.

Pepe was a significant reason why Lille managed to defy the odds and end second in Ligue one last time out, the 24-year-old scored twenty-two league goals and provide eleven assists to his teammates last season.

Pepe seems to be the type of play that may match Solskjaer’s style at United, the versatile attacker likes to get in behind the defence and he’s also shown himself to be a tireless worker, Solskjaer likes his forwards to press the backlines.

Lukaku’s fitness was questioned throughout last season, the star didn’t have the engine to stay up with Solskjaer’s high-pressure demands, the Belgian has fallen out of favour at United and currently plays second fiddle to England international Marcus Rashford.

Pepe’s skillfulness would build him an attractive attacking choice for United, the Ivorian might form a part of a daunting free-flowing frontline alongside Rashford and Anthony Martial.



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