EPL giants Chelsea, Manchester City battle to sign Lille striker Nicolas Pepe

EPL giants Chelsea, Manchester City battle to sign Lille striker Nicolas Pepe

- Man City and Chelsea are eyeing a move for £44 million-rated (R806 828 349) star striker Nicolas Pepe

- The Ivorian star has been superb this term scoring eight goals and five assists so far this term

- He is also wanted by a few other top European club sides owing to his superb performances

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English FA Cup champions Chelsea have reportedly shown interest in signing Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.

The 23-year-old has been superb for his French League side - scoring eight goals and creating five assists in 12 appearances so far this season.

SunSport also reveals that Manchester City wants the Ivorian striker who has been excellent in the French League.

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His superb performances so far have now attracted top clubs in Europe with Pep Guardiola ready to strengthen his attack with the star according to The Times.

The former Barcelona manager might be preparing for the unexpected with Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling stalling signing new deal at the club.

Sane is said to be unhappy, while Brahim Diaz is out of contract next summer and City are keen to secure a new recruit.

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Speaking this weekend, Pepe said: "We do not know what the future will be, for the moment I'm at the Lille. I have something specific to do at Lille.

"It's something that I want to do this season and then think about the next season."

But when questioned on his desire to stay at the club next season, Pepe said that: "If it's still with Jonathan Bamba, or Ikoné [Lille players] or others and it will be good for me as well."

The £44 million-rated (R806 828 349) Ivorian star has sparked the interest of Maurizio Sarri, who could lose winger Willian to Barcelona.

The Blues, on the other hand, are trying their best to land Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha in the upcoming transfer window.

Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United have all been linked with the Lille star in recent months.

Two Premier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

The Ivorian has been in superb form in the new Ligue 1 season scoring four goals and creating three assists.

According to French media outfit France Football, United and the Gunners are already making inquiries for the 23-year-old for a potential January move.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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