Nicolas Pepe ‘open to everything’, claims agent, as Manchester United, Arsenal and PSG pursue £60m winger
- Nicolas Pepe finds himself in demand this summer after a fine season with Lille
- Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are both reported to be interested
- Pepe’s agent insists the player is ‘open to everything’ in terms of his next move
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain target Nicolas Pepe is ‘open to everything’ this summer, according to his agent.
Pepe enjoyed a breakout year in Ligue 1 with Lille and is expected to leave this summer if the French side’s £60million valuation is met.
His agent, Samir Khiat, further fuelled talk of Pepe’s exit in an interview on French TV show L’Equipe Mercato.
Nicolas Pepe is ‘open’ to various clubs this summer, according to his agent Samir Khiat
‘Nicolas is open to everything,’ Khiat said.
‘The aim is for him to sign in the right place. PSG is a possibility. Today, all parties need to reach an agreement. There are exchanges and discussions.
‘He is wanted by a considerable number of clubs. For him the most important thing is to be wanted and to go to a good club in which he will play and continue to progress.’
The Ivorian has caught the eye of Europe’s elite following an impressive campaign for Lille
Pepe hit 23 goals in 45 games last season in a campaign that saw Lille finish runners-up domestically behind runaway leaders PSG.
And the French champions could make an approach for Pepe should they lose one of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe this summer.
For Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to identify players that can bolster his squad and with the potential departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, Pepe would represent an attainable attacking target.
The player was away at the Africa Cup of Nations but Ivory Coast suffered heartache against Algeria in the quarter-finals, losing on penalties.
Pepe is now likely to return his focus to his club future as talks between clubs and his agent continue to gather pace.
Pepe was the star for Lille last season as he receives the fans’ Player of the Season award