Liverpool preparing massive Nicolas Pepe bid – L’Equipe

Nicolas Pepe

As per a report from French outlet L’Equipe, Premier League giants Liverpool are gearing up for a big-money assault on Lille star man Nicolas Pepe.

Lille standout

Pepe, a 24-year-old Ivorian winger, proved Ligue 1’s breakout star this season.

The gifted African notched 22 goals and 11 assists across 38 league outings for Christophe Galtier’s Lille, proving one of the key contributors to Les Dogues’ surprise 2nd-placed finish in the French top-flight.

Pepe is noted for his turn of pace, ability to beat defenders, eye for a killer pass and, evidently based on his stellar goal return, penchant for finding the net on a consistent basis.

Premier League links

As such, the explosive attacker’s stellar form at the Stade Pierre Mauroy has inevitably seen Pepe linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs.

Nicolas Pepe during the match between FC Porto and Lille. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

To this point, the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Barcelona, PSG and Bayern Munich have been named as suitors of the Lille standout.

Arsenal were even linked with a big-money swoop for Pepe in January:

Liverpool bound?

As per the aforementioned update from L’Equipe this evening, though, it is in fact another pair of clubs who look set to battle it out over the 11-time capped international’s signature.

The first are Serie A powerhouse Inter Milan.

It is claimed that the Nerazzurri, on the back of Antonio Conte’s appointment, have lodged a 70 million Euro bid for Pepe.

But, in a surprise twist, it is subsequently suggested that Liverpool are set to outbid the Milanese giants.

The Champions League finalists are reportedly ready to table a massive 80 million Euro offer to Lille:

L’Equipe’s report, though, should be taken with a pinch of salt.

The French daily also go on to state that Liverpool are considering parting ways with Mohamed Salah.

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