According Fabrizio Romano, Wolfsburg are in advanced negotiations to sign Ricardo Pepi. The young USMNT star has impressed at FC Dallas and is set for a Bundesliga move.
Ricardo Pepi Set for Wolfsburg Move
Meet the Newest MLS Export: Ricardo Pepi
Fabrizio Romano confirmed that the German club is in advanced negotiations with the Texan club, stating: “Wolfsburg are pushing to sign Ricardo Pepi. Bundesliga is the most likely destination for the USMNT talent.”
The young striker has been linked to many clubs, including Wolves and his “dream club” Real Madrid. Pepi was named MLS Young Player Of The Year in 2021 and is set to be the next great MLS export after Alphonso Davies, Gianluca Busio, and Brendon Aaronson. The list has grown over previous years due to MLS’ much improved quality of football.
Wolfsburg’s Bid Impresses FC Dallas
According to Tom Bogert, a “big bid arrived for Ricardo Pepi and the tone seems to be softening from FC Dallas, who had been determined to keep him in 2022.”
If an agreement is met between the two clubs, Pepi is set to sign a contract until 2026 with the German club. Wolfsburg’s manager Florian Kohfeldt previously coached fellow American Josh Sargent whilst at Werder Bremen.
FC Dallas are no strangers to European exports as Pepi would follow an impressive list of players, including Bryan Reynolds (Roma), Tanner Tessmann (Venezia), Reggie Cannon (Boavista), Chris Richards ( TSG Hoffenheim on loan from Bayern Munich), and Carlos Gruezo (FC Augsburg).
FC Dallas’ strong relationship with the Bundesliga could be pivotal in Pepi’s move.
Ricardo Pepi scored 13 goals and notched two assists in 31 MLS games last season. He also became the youngest MLS player ever to score a hattrick when they thrashed LA Galaxy 4-0. His impressive domestic form was replicated on the international stage as he scored three goals in seven games for the USMNT.
Time will tell whether Pepi succeeds in Germany, however he is sure to have quality mentoring from Dutch veteran Wout Weghorst.
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