Manchester United advance transfer talks with Lille over signing of Nicolas Pepe

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool are interested in Pepe (Picture: Getty)United have had a long-standing interest in Pepe and last week stepped up their interest in the Lille star.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to add quality and new characters to his squad, with United also chasing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnited are preparing to collect a big transfer fee for Romelu Lukaku, after rejecting a £54m offer from Inter for the striker.The Manchester side want closer to £75m for Lukaku, but will use the funds raised from the sale to go after Pepe.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Manchester United advance transfer talks with Lille over signing of Nicolas Pepe Comment Pepe is expected to leave Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have progressed talks with Lille to sign Nicolas Pepe, according to reports.Arsenal and Liverpool are chasing Pepe and French media claim the Premier League duo have lodged offers for the forward.The 24-year-old is one of the most in-demand attackers this summer following his impressive season for Lille in which he scored 22 goals in Ligue 1.Lille want upwards of £70million for Pepe and The Times claim United have advanced discussions to sign the goalscorer.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementcenter_img United advanced talks with Lille last week (Picture: Getty)While Lille are eager to cash in on Pepe, the player is yet to give an indication on which side he wants to join this summer.Pepe is on holiday after taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations over the summer.Only Kylian Mbappe (33) scored more goals than Pepe in Ligue 1 last season, as the winger caught the eye of several top clubs.La Liga and Serie A sides are interested in Pepe and Paris Saint-Germain have also been tipped to raid their French rivals.MORE: Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to take on Roy Keane’s advice after private chatMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarrySunday 21 Jul 2019 11:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Clara A. Hankins

first_imgClara A. Hankins, 91 of Dillsboro passed away on Friday morning, July 15, at her residence.  Clara was born Tuesday August 19, 1924 in Ripley County the daughter of Albert and Grace (Hehe) Frakes.  She married Dale Hankins March 19, 1949 and he preceded her in death June 14, 2015.  Clara was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, raising chickens, farming, cooking, canning, flowers embroidering, and her family time.Clara is survived by children Randy Hankins of Holton, Jim (Bev) Hankins of Elrod, Cindy (Brian) Stemann of Dillsboro and Karen (Rod) Elswick of Madison, 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by grandchildren Sharon and Dale Ehlers, her parents and her husband, Dale.Funeral services for Clara will be at 12 Noon on Monday July 18, 2016 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Pastor Ty Choate officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Cemetery near Elrod.  Visitation will also be Monday 10-12Noon at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Margaret Mary Hospice or the donor’s choice.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St, Box 243, 47031, (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Ballon d’Or 2019: Matthijs de Ligt beats João Félix, Jadon Sancho to win Kopa Trophy

first_img Source: en.as.com Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the second edition of the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris on Monday.The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player under the age of 21, with PSG star Kylian Mbappé winning the first edition last year.Dutch centre back De Ligt was among ten candidates for this year’s edition of the award and eventually beat out fellow favourites João Félix of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.The Juventus player’s nomination comes days after Felix won Tuttosport’s Golden Boy accolade. De Ligt’s credentialsDe Ligt’s nomination comes on the back of a stunning campaign last season with Ajax, whom he captained to their first Champions League semi-final since 1997 at the tender age of 19.The talented young defender was the subject of an intense bidding war in the summer, with Juventus beating early favourites Barcelona to secure his signature in July.Following his 85-million-euro move to Serie A, the Ajax academy graduate has clocked up 15 appearances for Juventus, netting one goallast_img read more