The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe says that Liverpool have plans to make a first-team signing this summer.
News that Liverpool will actually dip into the transfer market is interesting given the British media’s stance on the Reds’ transfer business this summer.
Until now, most outlets like the Liverpool Echo have insisted that there will be none to minimal activity for the Reds on the transfer front as Jurgen Klopp is happy with his side.
With Liverpool apparently ready to make one signing this summer, making a move to sign Nicolas Pepe is perhaps the most important one to make in order to compete with Manchester City in the Premier League.
The Reds might have won 97 points last season but it seems unlikely that they will do so again without further improvement even though Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be available for the whole season.
Pepe will add some much-needed quality to Liverpool’s attacking reserves and ensure that if the likes of Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane are ill, injured or suspended then results will still be easy to come by.
The Ivorian was on fire last season, scoring 23 goals and notching 11 assists in Ligue 1 and although there are understandably doubts about whether he can translate that to a much more challenging Premier League, his performances against the likes of PSG should not be forgotten.
His pace and dribbling ability alone make him the kind of player that Klopp is more than capable of working wonders with but his ability to score from a wide position on the pitch is a trait that the German manager will be a huge fan of.
There is the small matter of the £71.9m figure being named as his transfer fee but if Liverpool want him badly enough they must pay the big bucks.