Liverpool are reportedly keen on signing the Lille star.

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.

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.

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