L’Équipe report this morning that Arsenal, Inter Milan, Napoli and Liverpool are the four clubs that have reached an €80m agreement in principle with Lille for the signing of Ivorian forward Nicolas Pépé.
Lille’s club president Gérard Lopez told the French newspaper the following:
“I defined the asking price that Lille wanted. Several clubs have met that. It is clear that we have affinities with certain clubs. But we will take into account the footballing project that Nicolas has in mind. It is a big decision. It is in his interest to rapidly take his decision to not miss any more pre-season and to get himself a place in his new team.”
The French outlet’s price is understood to be €80m excluding bonuses. Aside from the four clubs to have met these demands, others like Atletico Madrid, need to make sales first. But they have agreed in principle to the demands. Manchester United, for example, are negotiating the departure of Romelu Lukaku. Lille boss Christophe Galtier has in the meantime spoken with Nicolas Pépé and told him that he needs to make a decision.