Lille president Gérard Lopez claims that a deal for Manchester United and Liverpool-linked forward Nicolas Pepe is “almost done”.
It has been suggested recently that Pepe favours a move to either Liverpool or Serie A giants Inter Milan, with several European heavyweights understood to be interested in the Ivory Coast forward.
On Thursday, Corriere dello Sport brought us news that Napoli were thought to be the new favourites due to the structuring of their offer, which included a player.
However, The Times claimed on Sunday that Manchester United have ‘progressed discussions with Lille’ over a move for Pepe.
Liverpool ‘are yet to make an offer’ for Pepe, but United are confident of being able to afford him thanks to ‘Romelu Lukaku’s sale to Inter Milan’.
Despite Lille’s president not naming the specific club, he has revealed that a deal is “almost done” for Pepe’s departure.
“In terms of departures and arrivals: if a player leaves, we will go and get what we need.
“For Nico, it is almost done and he could have left last summer. It’s true that there are big offers and big clubs in for him, so I think… (he will leave). Aside from that, you never know in football.”