Major League Soccer

Ricardo Pepi submits transfer request to FC Dallas Front Office

Chris Smith
Pepi has scored three goals in his first four caps for the USMNT.
Pepi has scored three goals in his first four caps for the USMNT. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Ricardo Pepi has approached the FC Dallas front office to request a transfer away from the club in the forthcoming January window, sources have told 90min.

Despite Dallas struggling at the wrong end of the Western Conference table with six wins from 29 games, Pepi has caught the eye this season with 13 goals and two assists in 22 MLS starts.

That form has carried over to the senior national team level, with the 18-year-old notching three goals and two assists in his first four caps for the USMNT. Pepi's debut goal against Honduras made him the second-youngest USMNT player to score in a World Cup Qualifier at 18 years and 242 days old, only behind Christian Pulisic.

As previously reported by 90min, teams from the German Bundesliga and Serie A have been preparing official bids for Pepi, while Ajax have met with his representatives and Wolfsburg have agreed on personal terms. Sampdoria have already lodged a bid of €8m, while Bayern Munich are also among the interested parties.

A number of unnamed English Premier League clubs have been in touch with Pepi's representatives in recent days. At this point, it's unclear how far their interest goes. At least two are competing in UEFA tournaments this season.

Pepi wouldn't be the first to come out of Texas as Dallas have exported a number of young Americans to Europe, including Weston McKennie, Chris Richards, Reggie Cannon and Bryan Reynolds.

Given Dallas' history of facilitating big transfers to Europe, coupled with the size of clubs interested and Pepi's desire to make the move, it would certainly be a shock if the club weren't willing to negotiate once again on this occasion.

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