Liverpool have reportedly entered into talks to sign Nicolas Pepe and fans are excited about the thought of seeing the Ivorian move to Anfield.
Duncan Castles told the Transfer Window podcast: “From what I’ve been told, Liverpool have been in contact with Pepe’s agent to discuss a deal, his interest in coming and what it would cost to come. Lille are aware of this and are waiting for a bid.
“Manchester United have enquired directly to Lille about what the transfer fee would be. PSG also have an interest in Pepe. Lille have been very clear he’s available for sale and the asking price is €80m (£70m). They would love to have a bid come in from Liverpool and United to get an auction going.”
Liverpool are looking to add more quality to their ranks ahead of the 19/20 season, with Pepe one of several reported targets.
His 18/19 season was sublime, as he directly contributed to 34 goals in 40 games for Lille, attracting interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and PSG.
Here is how fans have reacted to the suggestion that the Reds have opened talks with his agent.
Yes important to have class on the bench like Man City
— David Scott (@Dscott11D) May 30, 2019
Yes, this will give the front 3, Salah in particular, huge competition and pressure to perform.
— Michael (@micahm94) May 30, 2019
He will look great on our Bench
— . (@Tom_watson8) May 30, 2019
💥 💥 💥 boom!
— Ste (@hawki100) May 30, 2019
Liverpool are favourites to sign Nicholas Pepe who will 100% leave Lille. He can play Right Wing/Striker and also has 23 goals and 12 assists in 41 games. Liverpool have contacted the players agent. I think we should sign him without any doubts, He could cost around 60m.
— Kizzster (@Kizzster) May 30, 2019
80M and go Liverpool verry good team
— squedman T.A.I (@lostrogo59) May 29, 2019
Signing a bench player for £70million is uncharacteristic for Klopp and FSG alike but if it did happen, Liverpool’s ability to influence games from the bench would be even stronger.
Divock Origi has proved to be something of a trump card in tricky situations but Pepe would be an even better option for Klopp in dire scenarios.