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Chelsea and Wolves were close to signing Ricardo Pepi

The United States men’s international team striker had several offers on the table from big clubs, but he chose to play for Augsburg in the Bundesliga.

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Chelsea and Wolves were close to signing Ricardo Pepi

Ricardo Pepi is one of the most promising young players for the United States men’s national team and he managed to consolidate himself as one of the best strikers in Major League Soccer with FC Dallas at 18 years old. He had several offers on the table to make the switch to Europe, but he chose to sign with Bundesliga side Augsburg in early-January.

Pepi could’ve sign for a Premier League club

According to Bild, the USMNT striker had serious offers from Chelsea and Wolves. The Premier League clubs were willing to pay the $20 million that FC Dallas was asking for Ricardo Pepi, but negotiations fell apart.

The 18-year-old had his mind set on playing in the Bundesliga because he believed he had the best option to adapt quickly and see more minutes. That is why Ricardo Pepi chose to sign with Augsburg and become the second most expensive transfer, behind Miguel Almirón, in MLS history.

Ricardo Pepi made his debut in the Bundesliga last weekend in Augsburg's 3-1 defeat against Hoffenheim. The USMNT striker played his first 30 minutes and it is expected that he makes his first start this weekend when Augsburg play Eintracht Frankfurt.