Ivory Coast international has been linked with a number of Europe's top clubs after helping his second-placed finish in Ligue 1
Lille manager Christophe Galtier has confirmed that in-demand winger Nicolas Pepe will leave the club This summer, piquing the clutch of Premier League sides.
The Ivory Coast international has been heavily linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, after a season in which he has starred in Ligue 1, scoring 22 goals to help Lille wrap
Pepe joined Small from Angers in the summer of 2017 for a fee of £ 8.7million, and has made a total of 77 appearances for club, scoring 35 goals and making 1
The 23-year-old will likely cost around £ 69m ($ 87.8m), but that's unlikely to dissuade United as they look to start their rebuilding job ahead of next season. ] In an interview with Canal + Christophe Galtier said: "Nicolas Pepe will leave. Life's like that, football's like that today.
"He is a player of the highest level who will have a big decision to make the choice of his next club.
" There will be a battle between the great European
Galtier's remarks are similar to those made by his president Gerard Lopez earlier in the season.
When quizzed on the future of the team's star, Lopez also suggested that the Ivorian will likely play his football away from Ligue 1 next season.
"This summer, I think we will sell four to five players, no more," Lopez said.
"All clubs are forced to balance their accounts except perhaps one .
"It is a price range that can no longer be paid.
" choice. "
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His greatest chance of remaining in France now seems to be a transfer to champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are known admirers having seen the player up close this season. 19659003] Pepe scored as Lille hammered PSG 5-1 on the day the team had been expected to wrap up a second consecutive league 1 crown.
Thomas Tuchel's side finally clinched their title the following weekend, having suffered a second setback days before when they lost 3-2 away at Nantes.