Lille president Gerard Lopez has acknowledged that Liverpool have been in contact with the representative of Nicolas Pepe, though they have yet to make a formal approach for the attacker’s services. The Ivorian had a stellar league campaign with Lille last season and he contributed 22 goals and 11 assists as they secured the runner-up spot and qualified for the Champions League.
He added that there have been no direct discussions with any club regarding Pepe, though the attacker’s future could be sorted after the return from the African Cup of Nations, he continued: “We agreed to wait until the end of the AFCON. With Pepe of the belief that being in a competition like this and having your mind on something else is complicated.”
Liverpool have yet to make any major signing during the summer transfer window and teenager Sepp van den Burg has been the only purchase from PEC Zwolle. As such, there could be some movement in terms of transfers during the forthcoming weeks, considering Premier League champions Manchester City are further strengthening the squad to defend the title. The Citizens have landed the signatures of Rodri and Angelino over the past few days.