Inter have lodged a bid of £80m for Lille star Nicolas Pepe, as they look to beat both Liverpool and Manchester United to the 24-year-old's signature.
Pepe propelled himself to stardom after an incredible season in Ligue 1, with a number of European giants thought to be keen on securing a deal for the winger.
The name's Pépé, Nicolas Pépé: licensed to thrill pic.twitter.com/mmNwt1gSaP— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) June 3, 2019
Regardless of the value of the bid, Lille are yet to accept any proposals for Pepe, which could give Liverpool a chance to make their own proposal. Jurgen Klopp is said to have a 'special liking' for Pepe, although they are yet to submit a formal bid.
Liverpool are expected to involve themselves in negotiations, whilst La Voix du Nord also add that United are eager to make their own offer as part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans to build an 'ambitious' squad for next season.
Last season, Pepe racked up 22 goals and 11 assists in 38 Ligue 1 appearances, firing Lille to second in the league table. He finished behind just Kylian Mbappe in the scoring charts, establishing himself as one of Europe's most exciting forwards.
Liverpool may see Pepe as a perfect option to compete with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in attack, which perhaps could lead Klopp to return to a 4-2-3-1 formation to incorporate all four. However, most credible reports still maintain that the Reds are unlikely to spend big this window, with Pepe only on the list of long-term targets rather than immediate ones.
The Red Devils are in need of big names to help transform their fortunes, and there are few players who generated more excitement last season than Pepe.
Source : 90min