Lille manager Christophe Galtier confirmed on Sunday that winger Nicolas Pepe will leave the club this summer, and Chelsea fans have been quick to react to the latest update on their reported £70m-rated target.
Pepe tore up Ligue 1 this season with 22 league goals, leading to reports in The Mirror last month that the Blues had made him their number one target if they lost Eden Hazard in the next couple of months, and if they avoided a transfer ban.
The 23-year-old would be following the exact same path as the Belgian if he did make the move to Stamford Bridge, but with no signs as of yet that the west London outfit’s ban will be upheld, it looks as though the attacker could be going elsewhere after his boss announced that he would definitely be going.
Chelsea supporters have taken to social media to have their say on the update on the player who revealed previously that he is a Blues fan, and while one said “it’s his destiny to play for Chelsea FC”, another tried to find a way around their issues by asking: “can’t we buy him and then loan him to another club?”
Here is what they have been saying on Twitter…
I'm going to be so hurt if Nicolas Pépé signs for another club.
It's his destiny to play for Chelsea FC! pic.twitter.com/RaeFzAal2R
— Max (@CFCMaxx) May 20, 2019
Better get the tissues ready no way Chelsea pay what Lille want
— Mat (@mat_ellis) May 21, 2019
95% sure he won’t join Chelsea this summer
— #SarriIN (@xNicky_JJ) May 20, 2019
If he is as big a Chelsea fan as he says he is, he will wait one more year to wear our colours.
Red don’t suit him by the way ?
— Jimbo (@Jexxmo) May 21, 2019
Can’t we buy him and loan to any other club.
Nicolas Pepe is a Chelsea fan and wants to play for Chelsea ???
— ರೋಹಿತ್ | R O H I T (@rohitfooty) May 20, 2019
— Headband Jorginho (@wittyrans75) May 20, 2019