Lille have reportedly received the first official offer for their in-demand star Nicolas Pepe, as the talented winger heads towards Stade Pierre-Mauroy exit
Author of an outstanding season, the 23-year-old has attracted interest from several major European clubs, including Liverpool, Chelsea, and Inter Milan.
It is the Serie A giants that have approached Les Dogues with a €70m bid for the Ivory Coast international, as they look to reinforce their attacking department in the summer.
However, the Nerazzurri’s proposal may just be the first of many, as Liverpool look determined to enter a bidding war to give Jurgen Klopp a competitive roster to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title again next season.
Lille have received their 1st concrete offer for Ivorian forward Nicolas Pépé, in writing, to the tune of €70m from Inter Milan.— Simon Phillips (@SiPhillipsSport) April 26, 2019
Pépé won’t club without CL football, will make decision after May 5th. Prefers La Liga. Liverpool, PSG, & Bayern circle
– L’Equipe via GFFN pic.twitter.com/k5UqOwseRA
The French outfit must be rubbing their hands at the moment considering they would profit the most of this situation, especially should Chelsea decide to step up their interest in the pacey winger.
Pepe would, on the other hand, like to wait for the end of the season before making his final decision, as he wants to play in the Champions League next year.
Former Angers man has netted 20 goals and added 12 assists in 36 top-flight outings for Lille this season, which makes him one of five players from Europe’s top-five leagues that have contributed in 30+ goals this term.