Paper Talk: Liverpool make contact over £70m Ivorian attacker

Date published: Thursday 30th May 2019 8:56

Liverpool have sounded out the agent of a £70m Ivorian attacker over a potential switch to Anfield, while Aston Villa are to launch a £20m move for a prolific Championship striker, according to Thursday’s newspapers.



Lille winger Nicolas Pepe is a £70m target for Liverpool, according to reports on Thursday.

The Ivorian attacker has enjoyed a stellar season with the Ligue 1 outfit, having scored 21 goals in 36 appearances as his side finished second behind PSG in the table.

But Lille have conceded they will sell Pepe to the highest bidder this summer and the winger has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Arsenal and PSG. Chelsea are also keen but their chances don’t look great due to their imminent transfer ban.

However, the Daily Star, who quote Daily Record journalist Duncan Castles, claims it is Liverpool who have made the first move to sign Pepe, having made contact with the 23-year-old’s agent.

He suggests Liverpool have sounded out Pepe over what his terms would be and whether a move to Merseyside would be of interest to him.

Castles claims the Reds are prepared to spend up to £70m to sign Pepe and could strike a deal if the player green lights further talks.

Pepe’s agent last month confirmed interest in his client from Bayern Munich, but said a decision on his future was yet to be made.

“We are in discussion with clubs. No decision has been taken,” agent Samit Khiat told RTL.

“Today, there are no favourites, be it Bayern Munich or another club. Nicolas will not go just anywhere. We have not decided on which league.”


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