Liverpool ‘battling two suitors’ for £80m-rated Pepe

Date published: Sunday 23rd June 2019 6:19

Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid have both joined Liverpool in the race to land Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, according to the latest reports.

Various outlets have named Liverpool as one of the main suitors for the Ivorian forward, who enjoyed a stellar season in Ligue 1, scoring 22 times for the runners-up.

Lille’s valuation is understood to be around €80million (£71.2m) for Pepe and reports in France claimed Liverpool have ‘come close’ to that figure after they ‘moved up a gear’ in the race.

It has also been suggested that Klopp would consider sacrificing Mo Salah in order to land Pepe, while Lille boss Christophe Galtier has already admitted that the winger will leave this summer.

However, a pair of reports provide an update on the situation, with France Football stating that Inter will pay up to £80m to ensure they win the race for Pepe.

Meanwhile, Inside Futbol are reporting that Atletico Madrid have emerged as a possible destination for the 24-year-old as they look to replace Antoine Griezmann.

Pepe has three years remaining on his current deal at Lille, and has racked up 37 goals in 79 appearances over the last two seasons.

 

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