Nicolas Pépé’s departure from OGC Nice has prompted the club to actively seek a suitable replacement. Currently, they have set their sights on a talented striker from the Bundesliga.
OGC Nice faced a challenging end to the season and narrowly missed out on qualifying for European competitions. As a result, Jim Ratcliffe, the owner of the club, has reevaluated his plans and is focused on rebuilding the team. To kickstart this process, the club has already made changes, including the removal of Didier Digard as confirmed by Nice-Matin and RMC Sport.
Nicolas Pépé and Other Departures
Despite Nicolas Pépé’s impressive performances, the club has decided not to retain him for the upcoming season. In addition to Pépé, other players such as Ross Barkley, Joe Bryan, and Andy Delort will also be leaving OGC Nice.
To compensate for Nicolas Pépé’s departure to Arsenal, Nice’s president, Jean-Pierre Rivère, has identified Roland Sallai as a potential replacement.
Sallai, a 26-year-old winger from SC Friborg, has had limited playing time and underwhelming performance this season (26 games, 2 goals, 4 assists). Nice aims to secure his services, but faces competition from Villarreal CF.
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Villarreal CF’s Interest in Roland Sallai
Villarreal CF has also expressed interest in signing Roland Sallai. According to journalist Giacomo Iacobellis, the Spanish club is a strong competitor for Nice in this transfer pursuit.
An offer from Villarreal CF is expected soon, as the player is under contract until June 2025. With an estimated market value of €10 million, Sallai fits within Nice’s budget.
The search for Nicolas Pépé’s replacement at OGC Nice is underway, with Roland Sallai emerging as a potential candidate. While Villarreal CF presents competition, it remains to be seen which club will make the first move to secure Sallai’s signature.