Football transfer rumours: Nicolas Pépé to Manchester United or Arsenal?

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Paris Saint-Germain travelled to Lille on Sunday hoping to chalk up the win that would secure them the French title, but instead left the Stade Pierre Mauroy with their tails wedged firmly between their legs. Thomas Tuchel’s men ended up on the wrong end of a 5-1 hiding, PSG’s heaviest defeat in 19 years, and it was no surprise to see Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé among the goals. With 19 to his name already this season from his position on the right wing, the 23-year-old is a player in big demand and Lille’s chairman, Gerard Lopez, has said his departure this summer “is certain”. His destination is not yet known, but both Arsenal and Manchester United are among several European heavyweights understood to be extremely interested in securing the services of a player likely to cost up to £50m.

United are also monitoring the progress of Moussa Dembélé, the 22-year-old former Celtic striker who has scored 14 goals for Lyon since engineering a move to France last summer. Tabloid reports over the weekend suggest United are ready to cool their interest in Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as they would rather his more experienced PSG counterpart Thomas Meunier.

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