Player set to make decision after Arsenal & Liverpool submit offers for £72m star
Nicolas Pepe is set to decide whether he’s interested in joining Arsenal or Liverpool after the English giants submitted bids for the £72m Lille attacker
Managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Here, the latest on Nicolas Pepe…
Nicolas Pepe is set to decide whether he’s interested in joining Arsenal or Liverpool after the English giants submitted bids for the £72m Lille attacker, according to L’Équipe via GFFN.
Pepe has been one of the most sought-after attackers in Europe this summer after enjoying a sensational campaign last season that saw him contribute 23 goals and 12 assists to help Lille finish second behind PSG in the Ligue 1 table.
The 24-year-old’s impressive form has caught the attention of several clubs, including those in the Premier League, with the newspaper version of L’Equipe being cited by GFFN as claiming that Arsenal and Liverpool have both submitted formal offers along with Inter Milan.
The French publication suggests that the trio have offered £72m including bonuses for the attacker and Lille are now demanding Pepe let’s them know whether he’s interested in joining Arsenal, Liverpool or Inter.
If the Ivory Coast international snubs the three clubs, then L’Equipe claims Lille will reach out to Napoli and Atletico Madrid to see if they will match the £72m offers that Arsenal, Liverpool and Inter have put on the table.
Unai Emery is desperately trying to strengthen his squad this summer with the Arsenal boss in the market for a wide forward and L’Equipe’s report adds support to Telefoot claim earlier this week that the Gunners have made a big-money bid for Pepe.
Emery is reportedly working on a tight budget so if Arsenal have launched a £72m offer for the Lille forward then I expect the north Londoners may be ready to raise extra funds by cashing in on one of their current key players.
However, Liverpool have also been strongly linked with Pepe all summer and it appears Jurgen Klopp has identified the Ivorian as the man to offer competition for the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah next season.
We’ll have to wait and see whether Pepe is interested in joining Arsenal or Liverpool but I think he’d be an excellent signing for either club if they could lure him to England this summer.
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