Lille president Gerard Lopez has confirmed that Jurgen Klopp’s side have held talks to sign Nicolas Pepe, who had an outstanding 2018/19 season, netting 23 goals in all competitions as the French club secured qualification for the Champions League with a second-place finish in the domestic league.
The Ligue 1 club have slapped a £70 million price tag on the 24-year-old with Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Bayern Munich all queuing up for the Ivorian ace.
Jurgen Klopp is looking to land a forward this transfer window with Daniel Sturridge on his way out of Anfield, and it appears Nicolas Pepe is being lined up as a replacement.
‘I know there have been discussions with the player, not with us as a club,’ Lille president stated. ‘Liverpool have players in those positions, and I read that maybe there were players who could leave, or not. ‘I am not particularly focused on Liverpool. But it is true that there have been discussions with agents.’
Gerard Lopez added that the club had received two offers for the prized asset before he set off for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Besides the Ivory Coast international, Ousmane Dembele has also been linked with Anfield, but Barcelona appear to have ruled out a switch for the 22-year-old winger this summer.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu claimed at a press conference on Friday afternoon that the Frenchman has a lot to learn and the club are ready to help him in every possible way.’