Ricardo Pepi’s impressive loan spell in the Dutch Eredivisie has not only been beneficial to FC Groningen but has also reportedly garnered interest from one of the division’s top clubs.
PSV is targeting Pepi for a potential transfer to Eindhoven this summer, Dutch outlet Voetbal International reported Thursday. Former U.S. men’s national team sporting director Earnie Stewart recently joined PSV’s front office and is familiar with Pepi due to his time in the U.S. Soccer program.
Pepi, 20, has scored 10 goals in all competitions for FC Groningen, with nine of those coming in Eredivisie action. The FC Augsburg loanee failed to make an impact in the German Bundesliga last season, but has followed that up with a bounce-back campaign in Holland.
A former FC Dallas academy product, Pepi scored 16 goals in 59 MLS appearances with FC Dallas before moving to Augsburg in January 2022. Pepi made four appearances for Augsburg last summer before earning a loan move to Groningen for continued playing time and development.
Pepi’s contract with FC Augsburg is set to run until June 2026.
Pepi was not part of the USMNT’s 2022 World Cup squad last fall but currently is with Anthony Hudson’s squad in Orlando ahead of Friday’s Concacaf Nations League match against Grenada.
FC Groningen is currently 17th in the 18-team Eredivisie table with 17 points earned through 26 league matches. PSV sits third in the table, eight points behind league-leaders Feyenoord.