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Liverpool transfer news: Man Utd target Nicolas Pepe moves closer to Napoli switch

Nicolas Pepe’s representatives have held talks with Napoli on Thursday over a possible £45million switch.

The winger has been on the radar on a number of Europe’s top sides this summer but seems to be on the cusp of making a move to join Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli side this summer.

His agents have met with people from the Serie A side ahead of a possible move — although Lille want £70m. Napoli have mooted the idea of including Adam Ounas in the deal.

Representatives of winger Nicolas Pepe (left) have held talks with Napoli on Thursday

Representatives of winger Nicolas Pepe (left) have held talks with Napoli on Thursday

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have previously been credited with an interest in signing the 24-year-old Ivory Coast international.

However, neither side has made a firm move for Pepe and he is now likely to move to Napoli, if a deal can be struck. 

Lille president Gerard Lopez has previously made it clear that he would be moving on this summer: ‘Our work is done.

‘In terms of departures and arrivals, if a player leaves, we will go and get what we need.

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have previously been credited with an interest

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have previously been credited with an interest

‘For Nico, it is almost done and he could have left last summer.

‘It is true that there are big offers and big clubs in for him, so I think (he will leave). Aside from that, you never know in football.’

Napoli play Liverpool in a pre-season friendly this weekend and Pepe could go up against them if the deal is done quickly enough. 

 

Original article: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-7285697/Liverpool-transfer-news-Man-Utd-target-Nicolas-Pepe-moves-closer-Napoli-switch.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

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