Liverpool are not considering making a move to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille, according to the London Evening Standard.
David Lynch writes that the club believes they are being used by Lille to drive up the price of their Ivorian forward.
Pepe’s likely move this summer is expected to be one of the biggest across Europe but the Evening Standard reports that Liverpool will not be making a move for him.
They claim the forward will be sold for around £60m while several sources from France suggest he will move to Anfield and for closer to £70m, with talks allegedly having already taken place.
L’Equipe indicated last week that the Reds will pay around £70.9m to sign the 24-year-old and bolster their attack.
It’s clear, given the number of reports surrounding Pepe and Liverpool, that there is some kind of interest in the winger from Jurgen Klopp but whether or not the German is willing to stump up the cash is another story entirely.
His style of play is still quite raw but a lot like Sadio Mane, Pepe is a player that Klopp is more than capable of refining and turning into the latest mercurial forward to play at Anfield.
It is quite difficult to see FSG and Klopp spending over £70m on Pepe but if they’ve been convinced by Michael Edwards and Ian Graham that he’s worth it, there’s every chance a deal can be agreed.