Liverpool have reportedly emerged as potential suitors for LOSC Lille star Nicolas Pepe. 

The Ivorian international has been outstanding for his team in Ligue 1 this season and leads the way as their top goalscorer with 19 strikes to his name, along with a further 13 assists. 

Pepe has been courted by a host of clubs from across Europe ahead of the summer transfer window. According to a report from Le10 Sport, Liverpool are the latest to have established an interest. 

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The Reds are likely to refuse the sale of Mohamed Salah this summer given his importance to their plans going forward, but contingency plans appear to have been made in case the Egyptian does move on. 

Le10 Sport reports that Pepe would be high up on Liverpool’s shortlist if they do indeed lose Salah, as the Lille star’s stock continues to rise. 

However, if the Reds are to pursue a summer deal for the 23-year-old, they will face competition. Premier League rivals Chelsea are keen, while Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are noted as interested parties.

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