Lille director Luis Campos has this evening confirmed that, should a sufficient offer arrive, Nicolas Pepe will be sold this summer.
Pepe, a 23-year-old Ivorian winger, has been Ligue 1’s breakout star to this point in the season.
The gifted African has notched 16 goals and 8 assists across 26 league outings for Christophe Galtier’s Lille, proving one of the key contributors to Les Dogues’ surprise charge to second-place in the French top-flight.
Pepe is noted for his turn of pace, ability to beat defenders, eye for a killer pass and, evidently based on his stellar goal return, penchant for finding the net on a consistent basis.
Nicolas Pépé is the Ligue 1 Player of the Month for January. pic.twitter.com/CvCh9LRaDi
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) February 19, 2019
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As such, the explosive attacker’s stellar form at the Stade Pierre Mauroy has inevitably seen Pepe linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs.
To this point, all of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich have been named as suitors of the Lille standout.
Arsenal were even linked with a big-money swoop for Pepe in January:
Arsenal leading chase for Nicolas Pepe but lots of competition emerging. L’Equipe this morning suggest Lille will negotiate in January if a club opens bidding at €50m. But owner has previously stated he won’t sell mid season
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) December 17, 2018
‘If a really good proposal comes…’
And, as per the aforementioned update from Lille sporting director Luis Campos, Pepe’s host of suitors have this evening been dealt a boost in their respective chases of the Ivory Coast international.
Speaking in an interview with Telefoot, Campos confirmed that Lille’s financial constraints mean a sufficient bid will see the Ligue 1 outfit part ways with their crown jewel come the summer:
‘We are not a rich club. It means that if a really good proposal comes for Pepe, we have to sell him.’