Liverpool have sent an official offer for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe with Jurgen Klopp a ‘big fan’ of the player, according to reports from France.
Several outlets have named the Reds as one of the main suitors for Pepe, who enjoyed a stellar season in Ligue 1, scoring 22 times for the runners-up.
Lille’s valuation is conjectured to be around €80million (£71.2m) for the Ivorian forward and L’Equipe recently alleged that the Reds have ‘come close’ to that figure after they ‘moved up a gear’ in the race.
Numerous local media, however, think Liverpool’s reported interest has been contrived in order to drive up the winger’s price, amid talk that Manchester United and Bayern Munich are also keen on Pepe.
Despite this, it has also been insinuated that Klopp would consider sacrificing Mo Salah in order to land Pepe, while Lille boss Christophe Galtier has already confirmed that the 24-year-old will leave this summer.
Now, French source Le10Sport assert that Liverpool have made a formal bid to Lille for the winger in the hopes of beating competition to his signature.
They are not the only team to do so though as two other offers have reportedly been sent to Les Dogues, with a clear possibility one of those is from another English side.
Former Liverpool man Steve Nicol would prefer that Klopp stays clear and concentrates on other targets in the coming window.
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