French journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, who works with RMC Sport, has claimed that Liverpool are one of several clubs anxious to hear back from Nicolas Pepe’s representatives.
He claims – via GFFN – that the Reds are nervous as they haven’t heard back from the forward’s reps, but states that this is the case with every club that’s interested in the Lille man as he’s busy at the African Cup of Nations.
As indicated by @mohamedbouhafsi, Liverpool want to do a deal for Nicolas Pépé this summer. However, LFC are scared of the silence, which the Ivorian is giving (to every club). Wants to speak to each interested team's manager post-AFCON before deciding. https://t.co/HHFUapdQSO
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 10, 2019
Pepe would set back any potential suitors around £60-70million – with Lille putting a handsome price tag on their star player.
According to the Evening Standard, Liverpool chiefs suspect that the club is being used to promote interest in a player who is likely to be involved in one of the biggest moves of the transfer window.
The Ivory Coast international is an accomplished left-footed right-winger, like Mo Salah, so it’s intriguing why we’re even supposedly in the conversation for him.
If the rumours are to be believed is Pepe the long-term successor to Salah’s throne at Anfield?
Bayern Munich and PSG are also thought to hold an interest in Pepe, but the Daily Record claim the Ivory Coast winger would prefer a move to the Premier League.
It’s entirely possible that the Reds’ name is being used to drive up any potential transfer fee for Pepe, and journalists close to club believe it’s going to be a quiet summer.
Liverpool could use some reinforcement up front as Daniel Sturridge left the club as his contract expired at the end of last month.