Ricardo Pepi’s spectacular mortgage spell within the Dutch Eredivisie could also be coming to an finish, however his time is the Netherlands might reportedly proceed into subsequent season and past.
PSV has continued its chase to amass Pepi on a possible switch to Eindhoven this summer time, Dutch outlet ED reported Thursday. PSV is about to advance talks with Pepi’s father or mother membership FC Augsburg and will velocity up the method if the Eredivisie facet clinches a UEFA Champions League qualification spot this weekend, in line with the report.
Pepi, 20, led FC Groningen with 13 objectives scored in all competitions for the relegated facet. 12 of his objectives got here in league play as FC Groningen fought off relegation till simply final weekend.
A former FC Dallas academy product, Pepi scored 16 objectives in 59 MLS appearances with FC Dallas earlier than shifting to Augsburg in January 2022. Pepi made 4 appearances for Augsburg final summer time earlier than incomes a mortgage transfer to Groningen for continued taking part in time and growth.
Pepi’s contract with FC Augsburg is about to run till June 2026. A transfer to PSV would unite Pepi with former USMNT sporting director Earnie Stewart, who joined the membership’s entrance workplace earlier this 12 months.
Pepi was not a part of the USMNT’s 2022 World Cup squad final fall however did function for Anthony Hudson’s squad throughout Concacaf Nations League motion final March.
PSV sits second within the desk with last matches in opposition to Heerenveen and AZ Alkmaar. A win or draw in opposition to Heerenveen would clinch Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s squad a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League qualifying spherical.