Crystal Palace are exploring signing Porto forward Pepe, although the winger’s price tag could be problematic. The Dragons are aware of the interest and could demand a fee closer to the Brazilian attacker’s release clause. The 25-year-old forward has come into acute focus with the Dragons since the departure of Luis Diaz in the winter window.
The Brazilian assumed the role on the left side of the front-line with Porto since the Colombian forward’s departure to Liverpool. The South American attacker has done fairly well in the position, although his numbers don’t reflect the output of the current Liverpool winger.
Pepe, who has six goals and five assists in 40 matches this campaign, has still done enough for PL teams to look at him and consider making a move in the summer. Porto initially demanded Pepe’s release clause to be paid, which stands at nearly €70m.
However, there is a drastic difference between the output of both forwards, which could open the doors of talks for interested teams from the PL. Arsenal and Crystal Place are reportedly keen on Pepe, as the London sides look to reinforce their attacking options.
The Gunners have been looking at several options in the window and need a left-winger to bring competition to the squad. They have been linked with Pepe recently, who could incidentally replace Nicolas Pepe in the squad despite their different positions on the pitch.