Report: Liverpool agree deal in principle to sign Nicolas Pepe, now up to player

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 reportedly want to bring the Lille ace to Anfield.

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.

According to a report from Calcio Napoli 24, Liverpool and Napoli both have a deal agreed in principle to sign Lille ace Nicolas Pepe, and it is now up to the player himself to decide where he wants to go.

The 24-year-old was in sizzling form for Lille last season, racking up 23 goals and 12 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions, and he really would be an excellent addition for either the Reds or the Serie A outfit.

 

Liverpool could really do with another established attacker at the club this season, in order to provide more competition for Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

And Pepe really would be just the ticket for the Reds.

The Ivorian will not come cheap, however, with French publication L'Equipe reporting that it will take somewhere in the region of €90 million (£80 million) to prise him away from Lille.

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.

Whether Liverpool will actually be able to get Pepe for cheaper than that amount, however, remains to be seen.

The Ivory Coast international will surely blow up into a real superstar, and if the Reds win the race for his signature, they might just be truly unstoppable next season.

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...

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