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Reports: Man Utd & Real To Fight For African Star?

Manchester United are chasing an African star, but could face a bidding war after Zinedine Zidane put the player on his Real Madrid wish list, according to reports.

Read: Official: Man Utd's Second Departure Confirmed

The Red Devils are believed to have made contact with Ligue 1 outfit LOSC Lille over the availability of forward Nicolas Pepe. However, they will need to fend off competition from Los Blancos, as per The Sun.

United have turned their attention to Pepe as their primary target as Jadon Sancho now seems unlikely to join the club as it is without UEFA Champions League football next season, and Borussia Dortmund also appear unwilling to sell their superstar.

Real, though, are also keen on the Ivory Coast striker, and Zidane has told the club's leadership he would like to make him part of his new team.

Lille are understood to be resigned to losing Pepe, but will hope a bidding war pushes their reported £45 million (R818 million) asking price higher.

Read: Man Utd's First 2019/20 Signing Revealed?

The Ivorian has scored 20 goals and assisted another 11 strikes in 36 Ligue 1 appearances this season, helping Lille in their bid for a surprise UEFA Champions League spot.

The French side needs just one more point from their final two games in order to book their ticket to next season's UCL group stage.

United or Real – which club do you think needs a goalscoring forward such as Pepe more urgently? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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