L’Équipe report this morning that Premier League side Liverpool have accelerated discussions with Lille to sign Ivorian attacker Nicolas Pépé and that they have come closer in recent hours to matching the €80m excluding bonuses price demanded by the French club.
Jürgen Klopp personally wants the player and the report bizarrely indicates that the Reds may be separating themselves from Mohamed Salah, which seems far-fetched.
This week, the player’s agents have met with all candidates to sign Pépé to discuss the intentions of each manager who is interested in acquiring the Ivorian international. The newspaper also invokes the likelihood of a merry-go-round in terms of world class wingers, with Gareth Bale being pushed out by Real Madrid, Paulo Dybala set to quit Juventus, and Bayern Munich retaining an interest in Liverpool winger Sadio Mané.
Pépé’s desired destination, according to the outlet, is Spain.
It should be noted that Pépé’s precise career plan involves moving to a club at which he would start, and unless he receives guarantees in that regard from Liverpool, a move will be difficult to broker concerning personal terms.