Needed over Sancho: Manchester United eye up Nicolas Pepe deal

According to The Express, Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the race to sign Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who has been in sensational form this season.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Ivorian striker has scored 20 goals and recorded 11 assists in Ligue 1 this season as Lille currently sit second behind Paris Saint-Germain, with Pepe spearheading what has been an impressive campaign.

Only Kylian Mbappe has scored more goals in France’s top-flight than the 23-year-old, which has attracted the attention of clubs such as Chelsea, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, PSG and now United.

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The aforementioned report from The Express reveals that the Red Devils are planning for life without Romelu Lukaku, and have identified Pepe as a potential candidate to replace the Belgian.

If they want to have any chance of landing the Lille hotshot, however, United may have to splash the cash on the man rated at £60m.

Ole needs Pepe over Jadon Sancho

United have also been linked with a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund prodigy Jadon Sancho, a player who has recorded more assists than any other player in Europe this season with 17 to his name.

Whilst that would be a fantastic move for a player who is already looking comfortable amongst the elite at just 19 years of age, a move for Pepe would be smarter for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at this moment in time.

The Norwegian has just two wins from his last ten games, a run of form which a club of United’s stature really aren’t used to, and won’t want to get used to.

If the former Cardiff boss carries this form into the next campaign, the pressure on him will be intense and his job could well be on the line.

As a result of Solskjaer needing a fast start next season, a move for Pepe, a man four years older than Sancho and a player who looks far more prolific and accomplished in front of goal, would make more sense.

As good a player as he is, Solskjaer can’t wait for Sancho to fulfil his huge potential amid this tough time at Old Trafford. He needs dangerous, ready-made forwards who can start firing them in from the first whistle of the season, and Pepe is more that man than the Dortmund winger is.