Report: Liverpool step up £70m pursuit of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts after the UEFA Champions League Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on June 01, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

Nicolas Pepe could be heading to the Premier League and Liverpool after scoring 22 goals in Ligue 1 for Lille.

Lille's Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe celebrates after scoring a goal during the French Cup round of 16 football match between Rennes and Lille on February 6, 2019 at the Roazhon Park in...

Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of coveted Lille forward Nicolas Pepe and, according to L’Equipe, they are not far away at all from meeting his £70 million price-tag.

The Reds won a trophy for the first time under Jurgen Klopp last week when they lifted the Champions League in Madrid but don’t expect the Merseyside giants to rest on their laurels.

 

Liverpool want to establish themselves as a force in European football again and, to do that, they must improve a squad that is already amongst the very best on the continent.

And Pepe is one of the few players on the market who is capable of taking the six-time champions of Europe to another level. An Ivory Coast international blessed with rapid pace and remarkable finishing skills, Pepe scored 23 times as Lille finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 last season.

Nicolas Pepe of Lille during the Ligue 1 match between Lille and Toulouse at Stade Pierre Mauroy on December 22, 2018 in Lille, France.

The former Angers forward has been linked with some of the biggest clubs around, Inter Milan offering £62 million, but L’Equipe believes that Liverpool have sprinted to the front of the queue and are now closing in on a deal which would make Pepe their second most expensive signing ever.

It is reported that Pepe will cost £70 million, a fee that Liverpool are seemingly willing to pay.

Jonathan Ikone and Nicolas Pepe of Lille LOSC celebrate the victory with teammattes after the Ligue 1 match between Lille OSC and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Stade Pierre Mauroy on April...

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