Manchester United Confident of Beating Arsenal and Liverpool to Nicolas Pepe
Manchester United are confident of beating Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.
Nicolas Pepe is a talented French-Ivorian footballer who was born in May 1995, in Mantes-la-Jolie. Currently, Nicolas is a winger for Lille. He started his soccer career in 2013 while playing for Poitiers. The 23-year old forward had a successful season in Lille this year. He has caught the attention of three top English Premier League (EPL), Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. Read on to learn why Manchester United is confident of beating Arsenal and Liverpool in signing up Nicolas.
Nicolas’ International Football Career
Nicolas started his professional career during the Championnat de France Amateur 2012-2013 season. He played for Poitiers before joining Angers. The talented forward made his debut in the Coupe de la Ligue as a replacement for Yohann Eudeline. He played the first Ligue 2 game on November 2014.
Angers loaned Nicolas to Orleans during the 2015-2016 Championnat National. He helped his team get promoted from the third tier. Nicolas later played for Angers in Ligue 1. He helped them reach the Coupe de France final in 2017. The team had lost to Paris Saint-Germain in Stade de France.
In November 2016, the Ivorian national football team sent Nicolas a call up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Morocco. Many punters got Betway lucky numbers during that match. However, Nicolas didn’t play in that away match in Morocco. Three days later, he substituted Max-Alain Gradel in a match between France and Ivory Coast.
Michel Dussuyer named Nicolas in his team for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). Unfortunately, the team didn’t reach the last 16 stage. Nicolas scored the first international goal in March 2018 while playing against Togo. He signed up with Lille on June 2017 in a five-year contract. He played most games during the 2017-2018 Ligue 1 football season.
Nicolas scored a hat-trick on September 2018 in away match against Amiens. He started attracting established clubs such as FC Barcelona. The Lille forward scored one goal in his team’s win against Paris Saint-Germain on April 2019.
Pepe’s Transfer to the English Premier League
Manchester United’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in signing Nicolas. The Lille player had 12 assists and 21 goals in 39 appearances this Ligue 1 season. He is fast and strong thus making him suitable for the middle field position. Nevertheless, Arsenal and Liverpool are also interested in him. Ole Gunnar is reported to have made a £45m offer to Nicolas. His team qualified for the next Europa League tournament.
In a recent interview, Nicolas confirmed that several elite clubs have approached him in the recent past. Ole Gunnar is looking for reinforcement for his squad. However, he isn’t willing to disclose details regarding his possible deal with Nicolas Pepe. The talented forward hasn’t disclosed some of his favorite clubs yet. He is indecisive about which league to join next season.
Manchester United is optimistic that Nicolas will join them this summer. Although the English team didn’t qualify for next year’s UEFA Champions League, they are in a rush to attract talented players. Recent reports reveal that Ole Gunnar is planning to change his squad next season. Betway allows bettors to place stakes on different English tournaments.
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