United given massive transfer boost to sign Ligue 1 star as Club finally agree to sell

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Lille president Gerard Lopez has suggested that Manchester United will need to bid €80 million (£68.7m) in order to sign Nicolas Pepe this summer.

The 23-year-old is expected to be one of the most in-demand players during the summer transfer window following an impressive season in Ligue 1.

Pepe, who plays on Lille’s right flank, has scored 16 goals and registered eight assists in 27 league appearances so far.

United have been heavily linked with a move, while Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Barcelona are also reportedly interested.

But Lille are willing to stand firm over the Ivory Coast international’s valuation having already rejected offers worth €50m (£42.9m).

Asked if Pepe could stay at Lille for another season, Lopez told Canal Plus:

‘That does not just depend on the club. It also depends on the player.

‘He deserves to play at the highest level. We have offers yes.

‘In England, there are clubs. We have had offers worth €50m.

‘We will not sell for less, we have even refused a €50m bid.

‘We had an offer from China worth €80m with an astronomical salary, but he didn’t want to go.’

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