Lille Boss Admits Chelsea Transfer Target Will Leave The French Club This Summer

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Chelsea are reportedly interested in Lille star Nicolas Pepe and will make a move for the 23 year old this summer if the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA is suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Pepe has had an outstanding season for Lille, scoring 21 goals and providing 12 assists and he has also been identified as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard, who also joined Chelsea from Lille.

Pepe is reportedly valued at £69million by Lille and is also attracting interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.

Lille boss Christophe Galtier has confirmed the 23 year old will leave the French side this summer.

Galtier told Canal+: “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.”

Pepe scored a brace in Lille’s 5-0 win over Angers on Saturday, a game that could be his final game for Lille.

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