Arsenal and Manchester United’s target Nicolas Pepe will leave Lille this summer, according to the club’s manager Christophe Galtier.
Pepe, 23, enjoyed a prolific season in Ligue 1, scoring 21 league goals to help his club clinch a surprise second-place finish and qualify for the Champions League.
He was equally named in the Ligue 1 team of the year alongside other big names like Mbappe and Di Maria.
Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to present our Player of the Season, Mr. Nicolas Pépé 🎉 🥳. pic.twitter.com/rO4gHQti4A
— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) May 15, 2019
And Pepe’s form has not gone unnoticed with top clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal and German champions Bayern Munich all gunning for his signature.
Club manager Galtier admitted that he would not stand in the way of the Ivorian at the end of the season as he prepares for a bidding war for the youngster’s signature.
“Nicolas Pepe will leave,” Galtier told Foot Mercato.
“Life’s like that, football’s like that today. He is a player of the highest level who will have a big decision to make on the choice of his next club.”
Galtier also urged the winger to carefully consider his next destination.
“There will be a battle between the great European teams. I hope that he will take a good amount of time to think about it, do his research,” he said.
Nicolas Pepe – Welcome To Manchester United? 👀📝 #mufc
— ManUnitedZone (@ManUnitedZone_) May 14, 2019
“Like he did when he came here and when he decided to stay here [last summer], find the right project.”