Dutch giants Feyenoord have opened talks to sign young USMNT striker Ricardo Pepi from German side Augsburg.
The 20-year-old has impressed during his loan spell at Dutch side FC Groningen, for whom he has scored 12 league goals this season. The Texan became the most expensive American MLS player to sign for a European club when he made a $20m move to Augsburg but failed to make an impact for the Fuggerstadter, leaving the club on loan just eight months later.
Ricardo Pepi set to stay in the Netherlands?
And according to the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Pepi has outlined his intention to stay in the Netherlands by saying, “I’d be happy to stay in Eredivisie, great league!”
Understand Feyenoord have opened talks with Augsburg to sign Ricardo Pepi as new striker for next season. ⚪️🔴🇺🇸 #transfers
“I’d be happy to stay in Eredivisie, great league!”, Pepi said.
Timing will be crucial in this deal, that’s why Feyenoord are pushing — race remains open. pic.twitter.com/XhNDKVipZS
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 28, 2023
PSV Eindhoven had emerged as candidates for the American’s signature but following the departure of head coach Ruud Van Nistelrooy last week, Feyenoord are thought to have stolen a lead in the race for Pepi, who is contracted at Augsburg until 2026.