With Jadon Sancho looking unlikely, Nicolas Pepe is one of the best options for Manchester United to sign a right winger this summer.
The Lille attacker scored 22 goals and provided 11 assists this season.
United currently appear to be focusing on signing a right-back, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with attacking midfielder Bruno Fernandes also an option.
As far as Pepe goes, United’s path to a deal has got easier this week.
United’s chances are helped by reports Liverpool have dropped out of the race for Pepe.
The Evening Standard claimed this week the Merseyside club have no plans to sign Pepe despite reports in France suggesting otherwise.
It is claimed their stance is because they only want to make minor tweaks to their squad rather than spending big. United do not have that luxury and need to be bold.
This is a boost to United’s chances given Liverpool’s current pulling power and Champions League football.
Lille will be more open to a move now they have secured a deal for Paris Saint-Germain attacker Timothy Weah.
La Voix du Nord report a £8.9 million agreement is close.
French football expert Andrew Gibney stated he believes Weah will be a direct replacement for Pepe.
This shows Lille are well prepared to cash in on Pepe, who is set to feature at the African Cup of Nations later this month for Ivory Coast.
If United do want him, their task looks simpler, and it would be better to get a deal wrapped up before the AFCON and his price potentially rises.