Update on Liverpool’s move for Lille star Nicolas Pepe

The reliable Mohamed Bouhafsi has this afternoon provided fresh insight into Liverpool’s proposed swoop for Lille star 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.

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

Nicolas Pepe

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – JUNE 04: Nicolas Pepe of the Ivory Coast in action during the International Friendly match between the Netherlands and Ivory Coast held at De Kuip or Stadion Feijenoord on June 4, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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

‘Talking to Liverpool’

A surprise report from French outlet L’Equipe earlier this week, however, revealed that a new pair of front-runners had emerged in the Pepe sweepstakes.

The sides in question are Inter Milan and Liverpool.

The former were said to have already tabled a 70 million Euro bid for the Ivorian.

Somewhat surprisingly, though, it was added that Liverpool were ready to lodge an even better offer of their own, worth a hefty 80 million Euro.

And Mohamed Bouhafsi of RMC Sport, generally regarded as reliable when it comes to the transfer market, has this afternoon provided an update on Jurgen Klopp and co’s reported pursuit of Pepe.

After being questioned on the situation by a fan on Twitter, Bouhafsi replied:

The RMC chief then went on to confirm that Liverpool are locked in negotiations with Pepe:

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