Champions League winners Liverpool have reportedly made a big-money bid for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe’s star has risen in the past year as the Ivory Coast striker scored 23 goals for Lille as they finished runners-up in Ligue Un to Paris St-Germain.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be a big fan of the player and the club have made an offer for him to Lille, according to French outlet Le 10 Sport.
The 24-year-old is in the same mould as current Liverpool front players Sadio Mane and Mo Salah and would provide competition for them. Klopp is looking to strengthen his side as he prepares for another tilt at deposing Manchester City from the Premier League throne.
However, other unnamed clubs have also made bids for Pepe, so the Reds could face competition for him. Pepe is rated at £60 million so a bidding war could start.
Lille boss Christopher Galtier has already accepted his star player will be leaving this summer. He recently said: “Pepe will leave this summer. Life’s like that, football’s like that these days.”
Champions League winners Liverpool are looking to resurrect a move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, according to reports.
Fekir to Liverpool was one of the enduring stories of last summer’s transfer window. After weeks of rumours, Lyon finally pulled the plug on a £53 million deal.
However, after another impressive season – Fekir scored 12 and provided 9 assists in all competitions – Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is renewing his interest in signing the player.
Klopp is looking to strengthen his squad as he looks to de-throne Manchester City as Premier League Champions next season. Midfield has been identified as an area that needs more depth.
However, Liverpool do not want to pay £53 million for him. They may not have to either, as it is believed Lyon will listen to lower offers. A friendly between the sides this summer may also help to sweeten a deal. French outlet Le Progress has claimed a deal is close.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering making an attempt to sign Liverpool striker Mo Salah this summer in a £175 million deal, according to reports.
Salah has enjoyed another productive season with the Reds, capped by scoring in their 2-0 Champions League title win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
After scoring more than 50 goals in the past two seasons, Salah is coveted by top teams in Europe and it is no surprise that Madrid are interests.
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is planning a major squad overhaul this summer after a mediocre 2018/19 season by their standards. Reports from AS in Spain suggest that Salah is on the radar.
This speculation has been fuelled when Salah gave a non-committal answer over his future after the Champions League final, saying that now was not the time to talk about it.
Madrid tried to sign Salah last season but were rebuffed. If they come in with a bid it would have to take something like £175 million – which would be the second biggest transfer fee in history – to tempt Liverpool.
However, even that might not be enough. The Reds are under no pressure to sell, and boss Jurgen Klopp would likely not countenance selling his talisman – unless Salah explicitly wanted to leave.
Other clubs, such as Bayern Munich and Manchester United May also be interested, but will face the same challenges as Madrid to do any deal.
Perennial Ligue Un champions Paris St-Germain are considering making a bid to sign Liverpool utility man James Milner this summer, according to reports.
PSG are looking to strengthen their squad after falling yet again at the last 16 hurdle in the Champions League. While out-of-contract Ander Herrera expected to join, PSG have also discussed the possibility of moving for Milner, according to newspaper La Parisien.
Milner’s Reds deal runs to summer 2020. The 33-year-old has been a key member of the squad that finished 2nd in the Premier League and has reached the Champions League final. His versatility is a strength as he can play in midfield but also slot in a left- or right-back. He also takes penalties.
This may seem a left-field choice, but given his length of contract and age, he wouldn’t cost much. Milner isn’t injury prone and could certainly do a job for PSG for a couple of seasons.
However, PSG have not yet decided to bid – and Juergen Klopp would be reluctant to let him go in any case. There would also be plenty of interest in Milner from other Premier League clubs.
European giants Manchester United and Real Madrid are set for a battle to sign £105 million-rated Benfica wonderkid Joao Felix this summer.
Felix has burst onto the scene this year scoring 20 goals and providing 11 assists for Benfica as they marched to the Portuguese league title and the semi-finals of the Europa League.
United are reportedly already in talks with Benfica over a possible deal and are said to be prepared to pay his £105 million release clause.
However, there are plenty Europe’s top clubs also interested in signing Felix. Atletico Madrid have also been watching him and could be lining him up as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, who is departing for Barcelona.
Atletico’s city rivals Real, as well as Italian Champions Juventus are also interested, as are Liverpool and Manchester City, according to The Mirror.
Benfica have offered Felix a new deal in a bid to get him to stay, but know that if the release clause is met they will have little choice but to sell.
Felix’s agent is Jorge Mendes, who has had a good relationship with United in the past.
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