BBC: Manchester United were never interested in Nicolas Pepe

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United never had any interest in signing Nicolas Pepe from Lille this summer, the BBC‘s Simon Stone has confirmed.

Lille’s president claimed that Napoli, Inter Milan and two unnamed clubs had all made offers of £73m (€80m) for Pepe – an amount considered enough by the French club to let him go.

Despite reports claiming that United were among the four candidates, another BBC journalist David Ornstein has confirmed that Arsenal had reached an agreement with Lille for Pepe.


United, on the other hand, never expressed any interest in securing the 24-year-old’s signature this summer, contrary to many reports from both England and France.


In that case, who is United’s target at No.9, assuming they are wanting to replace Romelu Lukaku with somebody? Wassim Ben Yedder has been mentioned, but there is little traction surrounding that move.

There is a very real chance that United, preoccupied with selling Lukaku and signing Maguire, simply do not sign another striker, and opt to put faith in a Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial combo for the whole season.

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