Man United opened talks with €81m-rated right winger

Manchester United have made contact with Lille to discuss a deal for Nicolas Pepe, who has been one of the standout players in Ligue 1 this season.

The winger notched up 20 goals and 11 assists for second-placed Lille, and Europe’s top clubs are queueing up for the 23-year-old ahead of the transfer window.

Bayern Munich are among the favourites to sign Nicolas Pepe but have cooled their interest to focus their attention on Leroy Sane after being given the green light to talk to the German’s agents.

The Daily Record states this has prompted the Red Devils to make a move for the Ivorian winger and the report claims a senior Manchester United official approached Lille last week to talk over his potential availability.

Lille are aware that the Red Devils are on the hunt for a right winger this summer and have slapped a £70 million price tag on the sought-after forward.

It’s suggested Jose Mourinho told Manchester United’s board about the Ivory Coast international, but a move for the attacker never materialised.

Bayern Munich have already failed with a £52 million bid to sign the winger who has also been heavily linked with Liverpool and Arsenal in recent months.

Manchester United are confident they still have the pulling power to attract the likes of Nicolas Pepe despite failing to qualify for the Champions League.

The Red Devils have been closely tracking the Ligue 1 sensation since the start of the season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preparing to improve his failing squad after a disastrous end to the 2018/19 campaign.