Lille manager Christophe Galtier has confirmed that in-demand attacker Nicolas Pepe will leave the club in the summer window, with the player now courted by several European teams.
Nicolas, 23, has been nothing short of astonishing, with 20 goals and 11 assists to his name in the Ligue 1 this season.
Following his impressive performance, Pepe has been identified as a gem for the future, with the likes Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and a few others all linked with securing the right-winger.
Nicolas Pepe has a £70million tag to his name, but is bound to leave for more, with the recent statement by the Lille manager likely to spark an auction in a bid to secure the 23-year-old.
“Nicolas Pepe will leave. Life’s like that, football’s like that today.
“He is a player of the highest level who will have a big decision to make on the choice of his next club. There will be a battle between the great European teams.
“I hope that he will take good amount of time to think about it, do his research, like he did when he came here and when he decided to stay here (last summer), find the right project.
While all possible suitors for the 23-year-old can boast of the financial power to seal the deal, Chelsea are cut off the chase due to a transfer ban, and few would offer the winger a first team place – a criteria he holds in high regard, with respect to his proposed summer move.