Deal close -Manchester United target close in on shock move to club in January

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Manchester United and Arsenal look set to miss out on Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, according to reports.

It is understood Bayern Munich are plotting a January move for the striker.

The Lille forward has attracted the attention of several big clubs after six goals in nine Ligue 1 appearances this season.

Pepe has also bagged six assists in those games, and United and Arsenal are weighing up transfer moves for the 23-year-old.

Talks have been scheduled with Pepe’s team in the coming weeks, with Lille thought to value their star attacker at around £30million.

It is understood should United or Arsenal react to Bayern’s interest, that could drive the asking price up.

Arsenal were keen to land Pepe next year with a £30million bid for the star, who signed a five-year deal at the club in 2017.

Manchester United joined the race for the highly-sought-after attacker towards the end of September.

Meanwhile, Southampton and French side Lyon both had bids rejected by Lille in the summer.

 

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