Chelsea in pole position to sign €65m-rated prolific Ligue 1 winger

London club in pole position to sign Lille star Nicolas Pepe and planning to make a bid during the summer transfer window. Maurizio Sarri keen to improve the attack and his primary target is Ivory Coast international who had a fantastic season and paid European giants attention.

Willian and Pedro already up to 30, Eden Hazard joined Real Madrid, Callum Hudson-Odoi linked with several clubs, and they need replacement. Italian coach set to spend considerable money on the footballer in July when the transfer window opens again.

Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and Bayern Munich are also interested in signing him, and there will be a contest for the player. Nicolas moved to French club from Angers in 2017 with a €10m deal. He is a very talented winger and can achieve big success if he continuous improvement.

In this campaign, Pepe made 41 appearances, scored 23 goals and provided 12 assists in all competition. It is a fantastic result, and he can do much more with top-class teammates. The 24-year-old forward has contracted with the Les Dogues until 2022, and his release clause is nearly €65m.

He is a regular member of the national team which is already a great achievement for the footballer. Probably Ivorian superstar will accept the correct offer from the Italian manager.

He also helped Lille to finish the Ligue 1 in a third position and get the Champions League ticket. Chelsea will do everything to add him this July, but it won’t be easy as Gunners, Red Devils, Reds and Bavarians also preparing to make an offer during the transfer window.