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Liverpool FC Signs Nicolas Pépé From Lille.

Updated on June 28, 2019
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The 24-year-old West African player Nicolas Pépé has hit this summer transfer window market with demands from big clubs in Europe seeking his signature. The attacking midfield at French league one's Lille club has been instrumental to the team scoring 22 goals and 11 assists in the just concluded 2018/2019 season where Lille ended up being the runners up after the giant Paris Saint-Germain.

After signing a five-year deal with the club in 2014, Nicolas Pépé is yet to make a move to a more challenging moment in big clubs 2019 UEFA champions with either Liverpool, Manchester United, or AC Milan in the Italian Serie A. Other teams looking Pépé’s signature are Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool football club has offered to spend a whooping £70m in order to secure the start. To Liverpool, spending this amount is not a problem considering the reward they got after winning the 2019 championship title of UEFA. According to Jürgen Klopp, criticism is expected in equal measure when the club signed the world’s most adored defender and Dutch nationality, Virgil Van Djik from Southampton in July 2018. This means that Liverpool's squad will get strong and competitive enough to clinch the EPL tittle out of their rivals Manchester city who have won the trophy in two consecutive seasons.

Initially, Lille had announced that they will accept only £60m, but due to increased demand of the right-winger, the budget had to shoot by at least £15m. Although Nicolas Pépé might not guaranteed a place in the attacking trio of Liverpool, the fans believes that he will a reckoning force joining Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino. This translates to an African front trio not because Salah, Mane, and Pépé hail from Egypt, Senegal and Ivory Coast respectively, all African countries. The new lineup with Pépé will make Liverpool FC to be one of the clubs with best-attacking team in Europe.

When asked about his personal view on Pépé’s transfer, Lille manager Christophe Galtier​described Pépé as ‘a player of the highest level’ whose impact in the team has been felt by all teams that have encountered the club during matches. Galtier​admits that it will be a tough session seeking a replacement of a player with Pépé’s outstanding playing and ball controlling skills, which have made European great teams fight for him. Galtier​ does not have a preference to which club he would like Pépé to settle at as long as Lille’s transfer demands are met. Nevertheless, soccer being soccer, anything is expected to happen in the world of sports.

On the other hand, soccer pundits have warned the UEFA champions from bringing in a new force despite the demands of strengthening its squad. A critic recently said that Pépé does not look like a Liverpool player; this means he is not fit to join the club because it might take a while before he learns coordinating with the already established squad which Jurgen has really worked on. According to Steve Nicol, Pépé despite being a good player at the French League, English Premier League is one of its kinds and therefore Pépé might be a disappointment signing this summer. Comparing the League 1 and EPL soccer standards, Nicol insists that the two are incomparable since EPL’s standard is great.

Liverpool FC spent £170 signing the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Virgil Van Djik and Switzerland’s Shaqiri in the last summer transfer window. The club’s management might decide to cancel the signing of Pépé because the current sqyuad is still strong and it just need slight adjustment to win the Premier League title and UEFA champions too.

Nicolas Pépé moving to Liverpool FC at a cost of £70m will make the squad stronger to clinch the 2019/2020 EPL title which is scheduled to start in the first week of August. He is yet to accept the deal and schedule the medical test at Anfield. If he passes the medical test, then Pépé will be expected to make is first debut for the reds on August 3rd against the EPL 2019 winners, Manchester City for the FA Community Shield cup.

The Ivory Coast citizen is currently playing for his country at Egypt for Africa cup of Nations of which he is likely to take the team to at least quarterfinals. It is a matter of days for the West African star to know his fate at the Anfield.

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