Champions League winners Liverpool have launched a £72 million bid for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, according to a report by L’Equipe.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a stunning season in Ligue 1 during 2018/19. He netted 23 goals and registered 12 assists in all competitions.
Primarily deployed as a right-winger, the Ivory Coast international can also play through the middle.
Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United are also interested in Pepe.
Jurgen Klopp isn’t expected to make wholesale changes to his squad this summer. The Reds lost just once in the Premier League and were cruelly denied the Premier League title, despite a 97-point haul.
Pepe is valued at £72 million by Lille and the report suggests that Liverpool may have won the race to sign the winger with their substantial bid.
Despite Divock Origi’s brilliance during the last couple of weeks of the campaign, Liverpool could do with some attacking reinforcements.
With Daniel Sturridge now departed some additional options would be helpful.
Pepe seems like a decent fit for Liverpool, and for Jurgen Klopp.
Although he hasn’t played in the Premier League before, he does possess the attributes to become a hit in a Klopp’s system.
He is quick, can score goals and is not a selfish player on the ball.
The £72 million fee will leave some questions asked from supporters but they should trust Klopp.
Big fees were spent on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker and the club hasn’t looked back from those deals.