Nicolas Pepe to Liverpool talks held, player ready to join but on one condition

Liverpool are in talks to sign Ivorian and Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, that’s the claim of Lille president Gerard Lopez, per reports.

The Reds are yet to sign a player in this summer but Pepe has featured prominently on their transfer radar.

The Ivorian attacker was linked with a move to the Premier League last summer but he stayed put with the Ligue One outfit. He enjoyed a very impressive season last term where he scored 22 goals in 38 league games and he has earned the attraction of top clubs in England.

Currently at the African cup of nations, it is widely believed the 24-year-old wants to call time on his spell with Lille but he wants to stake a claim in the first team of the Reds. While PSG are keen on signing him as well, Lopez has explicitly stated that Liverpool have held talks to sign the star.

But he further claimed Pepe will consider joining Liverpool only if they offload one of the players in his position.

He told rmcsport: “I know there have been discussions with the player but not with us as a club, Liverpool has players in his position, and I read that he could go there if players leave. I am not particularly focused on Liverpool. But it is true that there have been discussions with agents.

“We had two offers before the African Cup of Nations, we’ll see after that, my position was to see if we could not do something before it, we had two proposals before it, I had two clubs.

Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firminho, and Xherdan Shaqiri have all thrived on the flanks. It will take Pepe a consistently barnstorming display to be able to get into the first team of the Reds, which may see him join another club.