Manchester United are expected to make a huge statement in the transfer market after a disappointing season.

The Premier League club have been linked with Lille sensation Nicolas Pepe as head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to add a wide forward to the team.

Pepe is valued at £70 million by the French outfit and it is understood that Manchester United have opened negotiations for the player.

The 23-year-old was one of the best players in the French League this campaign leading the club to second place behind PSG.  The Ivory Coast international is blessed with pace and has the ability to play on either side of the attack.

His build-up play and ability on the ball is reminiscent of former Chelsea star FlorentMalouda. Malouda also made his move from the French League after staring for Lyon and was a success in England.

Pepe has arguably more talent and a higher ceiling of potentials and would be an instant hit if he makes the move to Old Trafford.

Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of the winger and revealed to French news outlet L’Equipe that Pepe is a top-quality player and would excel in any club.

This is high praise coming from a coach not known for necessarily praising players.

Pepe would be a good addition for Manchester United as he would bring pace and goals to the team.

Manchester United struggled to score goals in the just-concluded campaign with Alexis Sanchez, Lukaku and Martial failing to impress.

The Red Devils have over £150 million to spend on transfers and have already been linked to a host of big transfer targets.

Pepe scored 20 goals and provided 11 assists for Lille last campaign. It would be interesting to see how this story develops in the coming weeks.