Renowned journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi has stated in an exclusive interview with Get French Football News that “there are very concrete discussions” between Liverpool and Lille for the signing of Nicolas Pepe this summer.
“This is an €80m situation [to sign Pepe]”, said Bouhafsi.
“What I can say is that there are very concrete discussions with Liverpool. Discussions that are not even denied by Lille, at Lille they don’t deny the very concrete interest and discussions from and with Liverpool.
“For Inter Milan, I did speak about an unnamed 3rd club, following my exchanges on Nicolas Pépé and with Liverpool fans, and I think that this 3rd club could be Inter Milan. But I think that at €80m, this deal is too expensive for the Italian side.
“Then, I know that Jürgen Klopp adores Nicolas Pépé’s profile, he brings a lot of speed and he is made to play in England, with quick transitions and an exceptional ability to counter-attack. Discussions have been had with Liverpool, who have a very profound interest.”
“I don’t know if you have been following but Liverpool is a club that often comes out to deny claims on transfers. Jürgen Klopp often talks about transfers and what isn’t true (cites Lorenzo Insigne). Liverpool haven’t denied (interest in Nicolas Pépé.”
This is certainly very interesting and it appears as if Liverpool are currently the front runners to sign the Ivorian and it is clear Klopp is a keen admirer.
You’d expect the situation to become clearer in the next few weeks at the latest.