Manchester United confident of beating Arsenal and Liverpool to Nicolas Pepe

first_imgManchester United have been scouting Nicolas Pepe for most of the season (Picture: Getty)Manchester United are reportedly confident they can sign Lille star Nicolas Pepe ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool.Pepe has been one of the standout attacking players in France this term, notching up 20 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1, and Europe’s elite clubs are preparing to do battle for the 23-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.The Ivorian’s agent has confirmed that he’s in talks with several clubs over a potential big-money move with Bayern Munich thought to be at the front of the queue for his signature.However, according to The Daily Mirror, United have registered a strong interest in Pepe and believe they can lure the sought-after forward to Old Trafford with a £45 million bid.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityThe Red Devils are optimistic they can still attract the likes of Pepe this summer despite failing to qualify for next season’s Champions League.United have been keeping close tabs on Pepe for several months with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preparing to overhaul his squad after a dismal end to the 2018/19 season. Man United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:40FullscreenMan United 0-2 Cardiff: Solskjaer post-match press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Philippe Coutinho could ‘open door’ for Liverpool’s front three, says Phil Thompson Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 May 2019 11:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Solskjaer is desperate for reinforcements at United this summer (Picture: Getty)Asked about his future following Lille’s win over Bordeaux, Pepe replied: ‘We don’t talk about it, the season is not over yet.‘Once it is finished we will be able to talk about it, but now no.’More: 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 movesThough Pepe’s agent has made no secret of the growing interest in Pepe, he has refused to name which clubs are favourites for his signature.‘We are in discussions with clubs. No decision has been taken,’ Samir Khiat told RTL at the end of last month.‘Today, there are no favourites, be it Bayern Munich or another club. Nicolas will not go just anywhere.‘We have not decided on which league.’ Manchester United confident of beating Arsenal and Liverpool to Nicolas Pepecenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Price of land doubled over decade and it’s expected to get worse fast

If you waited a decade to buy land in SEQ, you will have found prices have doubled.THE price of land in this part of South East Queensland has doubled in the past decade with experts warning the situation is expected to get worse amid limited new supply coming on-stream.Latest data from property research firm Oliver Hume found the price per square metre for vacant land sales, on the Gold Coast corridor especially, went from $312 per square metre in 2007 to $620 in 2017.It found that land sales prices had increased for four consecutive years, while lot sizes had been decreasing two years in a row.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago“Over the last 10 years, from March 2007 to March 2017, median prices have grown 22 per cent, however average lot size has decreased 38.5 per cent during this period while price paid per sqm has increased from $312/sqm in 2007 to $620/sqm in 2017,” the research found. “The average price per square metre ($/sqm) has increased at a significantly higher rate of 98.7 per cent over the last 10 years.” The corridor between the Gold Coast and Brisbane has seen rapid growth in demand including Coomera.Oliver Hume Queensland managing director Brinton Keath said “prices have and will continue to rise while there is such a shortage of new land coming on to the market”.He said the surge was driven by the search for affordability in master planned communities that were still close to services and facilities.“Several unique factors are combining to spark strong activity in the southeast Queensland residential land market, particularly in the Gold Coast region,” he said. “Demand from offshore buyers, strong population growth, and a strong construction sector all contribute to the demand for new house and land.“These factors combined with a lack of land stock are generating strong buyer activity from both ‘warm’ and ‘hot’ buyers who have identified infrastructure activity as a hallmark of growth, and are rushing to capitalise on the potential growth.” read more

Wildcats Whitewash Trojans

first_imgFranklin County snapped a 2 game losing streak with a 12-0 win over East Central in 5 innings.FC started early with an 8 run 1st inning, highlighted by a 2-run home run by Jake Fields. In the 3rd, the Wildcats tacked on 4 more runs which would lead to the 12-0 final score.All 9 Wildcat starters came around to score in the game. Blake Ripperger led the Wildcats with 3 hits as well as earning the 5 inning shutout on the mound. 5 Wildcats had multi-hit games and 7 Wildcats contributed at least one RBI.last_img read more