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Football transfer rumours: Nicolas Pépé to Manchester United?

Today’s fluff is nearly done

After his costly miss on international duty with Wales, Manchester United have turned their nose up at signing Gareth Bale. The winger hasn’t scored in three months, with Ed Woodward unwilling to spend top dollar on a player that turns 30 in July. Having signed Bale’s compatriot Daniel James, United are thought to favour a different transfer policy to years past with a focus on younger players. Nicolas Pépé fits the mould, with the 22-year-old leading Lille to a second-place finish and Champions League qualification last season.

Left-footed, the Ivorian plays off the right wing – a position that United need to fill. One player who could be leaving Old Trafford is Romelu Lukaku, who is doing his upmost to catch the eye of Antonio Conte, Inter’s new manager. “It’s good to see Conte has joined Inter. For me he is the best manager in the world,” said the Belgian. “I’ve already taken a decision about the future but I can’t reveal it because I have a contract with Manchester United and because I respect the club. I am a big Serie A fan, those close to me know that I have always wanted to play in the English league and in the Italian one, I love Italy. The club and my agent will talk about it but I have already made my decision.” Jeez, talk about laying it on thick.

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