Report: Nicolas Pepe prefers Liverpool to Napoli

Nicolas Pepe of Ivory Coast  reacts after defeat in  the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group D match between Morocco  and Ivory Coast at Al-Salam Stadium on June 28, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.

Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing the Lille star.

Nicolas Pepe of Lille during the UNFP Trophy 2019 at Studio Gabriel on May 19, 2019 in Paris, France.

According to a report from Il Napolista, Napoli have made the first move for Lille ace Nicolas Pepe, making a €50 million (£45 million) offer for the winger, but his preference is still to join Liverpool.

The Reds have been tracking the Ivory Coast international all summer long, according to a report from French publication L'Equipe, but he won't come cheap.

L'Equipe suggests that Lille value Pepe at around €80 million (£71.8 million), so Napoli's reported offer falls well short of the French club's alleged demands.

 

And this might leave the door open for Liverpool.

The 24-year-old was in fabulous form for Lille last season, racking up 23 goals and 12 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.

And he would be a magnificent addition for the Merseyside outfit.

Liverpool might not have things all their own way, however, if they do indeed want to sign Pepe this summer.

Conflicting reports emerged today, with the Times claiming that Manchester United have progressed in talks to sign the Ivorian.

Lille's Ivorian forward Nicolas Pepe (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Montpellier and Lille, on December 4, 2018 at the the Mosson stadium in...

Liverpool do have Champions League football to offer, however, and according to Il Napolista's report, the player himself would actually prefer a move to Anfield over anywhere else.

And if Liverpool do get Pepe, they will have a seriously dangerous front-line next season.

Nicolas Pepe of Lille during the Ligue 1 match between Stade Rennais football club and LOSC Lille Association on May 24, 2019 in Rennes, France.

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