May 25, 2019

Man United identify £60m Pepe as Lukaku replacement

April 29, 2019
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Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United have reportedly lined up Ivory Coast striker Nicolas Pepe as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

According to reports from the Express, the Red Devils have been impressed with their scouting reports on that with on the Lille attacker.

Pepe, 23, is wanted by a host of sides after scoring 20 times and providing 11 assists in 33 matches this season.

But he is now a primary target at Old Trafford, where United are said to be willing to let Lukaku leave.

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Lille chairman Gerard Lopez has already admitted defeat in his bid to keep £60m-rated Pepe at the club beyond the end of this season.

Lopez said: “It is certain, he will leave. He has moved into a price range that we can not afford anymore. There is a career choice to make for him, I think he will have the choice.”

Meanwhile, United could lose Ander Herrera this summer with the midfielder linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain.

According to AS , Herrera has a verbal agreement in place with the French giants and will pen a four-year contract at the Parc des Princes.

Thorgan Hazard has confirmed he won’t be heading to the Premier League this summer amid reported interest from Liverpool.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Anfield ahead of the transfer window.

Speaking in an interview with VTM NIEUWS , the Borussia Monchengladbach winger said: “I have a contract for one more season, but I have already said before that I want to take the next step in my career.

“I want to experience something new. It’s now up to the clubs to reach an agreement.

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“That will take a bit of time. It’s always like that with negotiations. There are talks between Gladbach and Dortmund, yes.

“I have a personal agreement with Dortmund. It’s out of my hands. It’s up to the clubs now.”

Meanwhile, Nabil Fekir’s name is back, too, and Liverpool could pounce.

The midfielder fell agonisingly short of completing last summer.

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