European clubs show interest as Ricardo Pepi nears transfer
Ricardo Pepi is the subject of current interest. Clubs from Italy, Germany and England continue ahead with a record transfer to MLS set to continue, 90 minutes can confirm.
Pepi wouldn’t be the first to leave Texas as Dallas exported a number of young Americans to Europe, including Weston McKennie, Chris Richards, Reggie Cannon and Bryan Reynolds.
At just 18, Pepi has exploded onto the scene this season, scoring 12 goals in 24 MLS games despite FC Dallas struggling below the Western Conference playoff line.
His club-level form was enough to convince Gregg Berhalter to give Pepi his first call-up for the US men’s national team, although the teenager is also eligible to represent Mexico.
As might be expected, Pepi’s transition to life at the international level went smoothly, scoring one goal and two assists on his debut to help USMNT come back from behind to beat the Honduras 4-1 earlier in September. As such, Pepi is the second youngest USMNT player to score in a World Cup qualifier at 18, 242 days old, behind Christian Pulisic.
A source with knowledge of the situation revealed at 90 minutes that three Italian clubs, two Germans and two English were showing active interest in signing Pepi. Two of the three Italian clubs are in the UEFA Champions League this season, as is the case for the two German clubs. All the clubs involved play in their respective top leagues.
In addition, 90 minutes are told that the charges for Pepi are expected to ‘eclipse’ the initial charge of $ 13.5 million – which could reach $ 22 million – Bayern Munich paid the Vancouver Whitecaps for Alphonso Davies in July 2018 The Canadian international remains the player of Major League Soccer. the most valuable outgoing transfer for a local player.
FC Dallas are currently 11th in the Western Conference, eight points and four places below the playoff line. The Texas team recently split from head coach Luchi Gonzalez.
According to 90-minute sources, Pepi’s representatives are pushing for a deal within the next two weeks. This would allow him to train with his new club after the end of the 2021 season in Dallas.