Man United in advanced talks to sign £70m-rated Ligue 1 attacking sensation

Manchester United have progressed talks with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe, according to reports. Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing Pepe and French media claim the Premier League duo have lodged offers for the forward.

The 24-year-old is one of the most in-demand attackers this summer following his impressive season for Lille in which he scored 22 goals in Ligue 1. Lille want upwards of £70million for Pepe and The Times claim United have advanced discussions to sign the goalscorer.

United have had a long-standing interest in Pepe and last week stepped up their interest in the Lille star. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to add quality and new characters to his squad, with United also chasing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

United are preparing to collect a big transfer fee for Romelu Lukaku, after rejecting a £54m offer from Inter for the striker. The Manchester side want closer to £75m for Lukaku, but will use the funds raised from the sale to go after Pepe.

While Lille are eager to cash in on Pepe, the player is yet to give an indication on which side he wants to join this summer. Pepe is on holiday after taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer.

Only Kylian Mbappe (33) scored more goals than Pepe in Ligue 1 last season, as the winger caught the eye of several top clubs. La Liga and Serie A sides are interested in Pepe and Paris Saint-Germain have also been tipped to raid their French rivals.