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Manchester United Targets Signing Adrien Rabiot and Nicolas Pepe

Manchester United Targets Signing Adrien Rabiot and Nicolas Pepe (metro)

MANCHESTER, NETRALNEWS.COM - Manchester United are now keen to find new players to strengthen the club next season. Two young stars in the French league, Adrien Rabiot and Nicolas Pepe, are the main transfer targets of the Old Trafford club.

Failure to break into the top four to play in the Champions League made the richest club in the Premier League have to overhaul the total squad. Some of the main players have been released like Ander Herrera, Antonio Valencia, while rumors of Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku Alexis Sanchez will also be sold.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds the principle of buying young players who can last long at Old Trafford rather than the established star players. Because of this, Rabbiot and Pepe were judged to be suitable with the Solskjaer criteria.

Rabiot has a big enough opportunity to join docked at Old Trafford. Because the Frenchman has a free transfer after his contract was not extended by Paris Saint-Germain.

The 24-year-old midfielder is projected to replace the role of Ander Herrera who decided to leave Manchester United next season.

But on a free transfer, Rabiot became a target for many of Europe's top clubs, Juventus one of them. The Old Lady is said to be the most advanced team to get six caps for the French national team this season.

Meanwhile, Pepe made MU attracted after he appeared charming with Lille this season. The Ivorian national team player was involved in 31 goals in the French league this season through notching 20 goals and 11 assists.

He has a big contribution to bring Lille to sit second in Ligue 1 under PSG. To bring Pepe who can play as a wing or striker, MU set aside 45 million pounds (IDR 845 billion). However, MU must compete with PSG who are also interested in recruiting the 24-year-old player.