Emery vs Klopp after Arsenal and Liverpool told £57 million transfer target Pepe will be moving this summer
Arsenal and Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe will 100 per cent leave Lille this summer, French football expert Jonathan Johnson reckons.
With the Premier League season now over, there has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few months on whom they will look to try and acquire in the coming transfer window.
And one name that has been mentioned about a possible move to the Premier League is that of Pepe, as the 23-year-old Pepe is among the most highly-rated forwards in Europe and his transfer value is estimated at more than 50 million euros (£57 million).
Arsenal and Liverpool are seeking to bolster their attacks this summer and both are reportedly ready to meet the asking price of the very talented young striker, who netted 22-goals last season for the French side.
And they have both been boosted in their chase to land the midfielder, after Johnson claimed that he would be leaving the Ligue 1 side this summer.
“There’s no chance that he will be staying at Lille,” Johnson told Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk podcast.
“They know, the coach Christophe Galtier before the season had even finished was saying it.
“It’s 100 per cent, if not greater, that he will be leaving, he will be moving on.
“There will be movement on that front, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go to the Premier League.
“But there’s a lot of clubs in some of the biggest leagues in Europe who are interested in him.
“PSG were looking at him as well, so I don’t think we can rule out a move to perhaps the likes of Spain or Italy, perhaps even Germany.
“There are Premier League teams looking at him. He has a long list of suitors across Europe.”
Pepe is showing great potential and is just the sort of young striker that could develop into something special, if he makes the right career move and the fact the Premier League trio are all seeking a deal, means he will have options.
Pepe is destined for the big time and his £57 million price tag could be a big investment for any club that signs him, it will just be a case of whom offers the club and the player the most, as money talks in football right now.