Feeding frenzy for £69m winger after the success of Eden Hazard

Chelsea are one of the clubs supposedly interested in signing Lille winger Nicolas Pepe this summer, according to places like the Sun.

The links have been going for some time, but we’ve now reached the end of April, and so rumours are starting to congeal into something more concrete.

The first stage of this is adding numbers to the stories, and that starts here with Pepe. The Sun stick £69m out there are as a possible figure, although it’s totally unclear where they plucked that from.

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Perhaps the success of Eden Hazard making a similar move is inspiring Premier League clubs to try replicate Chelsea’s plan by bringing in a highly rated Lille winger.

Whatever the reason, this particular player has apparently attracted the attention of Arsenal, Liverpool and Bayern Munich as well as us. We might be able to beat off a couple of them, but winning this race looks like it will be almost impossible.