Liverpool close in on €80m first summer signing as Klopp gives go ahead

Liverpool have relatively quiet in the transfer window as the Champions League winners are still basking in the glory of their triumph in Madrid.

However, it appears that the Reds want to make a huge splash as the club is reported to have made an official bid for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.

French news outlet Le10Sport (h/t Metro) claim that Liverpool have made a formal bid for the player as they look to beat other teams to his signature. This report is also corroborated by L’Equipe which also reports that the Reds are willing to spend close to the valuation of the French club.

Pepe is valued by Lille at around £71.2 million (€80m) and this would beat the record fee paid to Southampton last year for Van Dirk.

Despite this, there are rumours within the football world that most of the news about Liverpool’s interest is fabricated by Lille to drive up the price of the player.

Manchester United and Bayern Munich have also been linked with the player in what is likely to be a drawn up transfer.

Lille are resigned to losing the player who was exceptional last season scoring 22 goals in the Ligue 1 to lead the club back to Champions League football.

Liverpool have arguably the best front three in world football and it would be difficult to see Klopp sanctioning a huge fee for a player that would not be an instant starter.

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