Chelsea are set to join the likes of Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain and Arsenal in pursuit of Lille youngster Nicolas Pepe who has taken the French league by the storm this season.
Nicolas Pepe: Man of the Match vs PSG @losclive
Goals – 1
Assists – 2
Shots – 3
Key Passes – 3
Dribbles – 3
Times Fouled – 3
Rating – 9.18
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 14, 2019
Still, in the business end of his breakout season, Lille are doing everything in their powers to keep hold of Pepe but it seems highly unlikely that he will remain at Stade Pierre Mauroy at the start of next season.
“Sure [he’s going to leave]. He’s going to get into a range of prices, wages, etc. that LOSC will not be able to pay anymore.
“So it’s clear that there’s a career choice for him too, after that, where will he go? We’ll see. We will not talk about a transfer until about mid-May. I think he’ll have a choice, we’ll see.”
-Gérard López; source: Téléfoot via Google Translate
The Ivorian has contributed to 30 goals this season (19 goals and 11 assists) bettered only by Kylian Mbappe and has been valued at 80M Euros by his present club.
Chelsea has a special connection with Lille as they priced out a certain Eden Hazard some years ago from them.