Inter have made a staggering €80 million offer for Lille’s forward Nicolas Pepe, according to L’Equipe in France.
The club’s owner Gerard Lopez today told Tuttosport they had received four satisfactory offers from top European clubs.
Napoli, Arsenal and Liverpool have reportedly offered the same fee for Pepe, with Atletico Madrid and Manchester United ready to join the race once they have completed player sales.
The Senegalese international must now decide which club’s project he finds the most convincing, with L’Equipe assuring they were all fairly different.
Pepe contributed 22 goals and 11 assists in Ligue 1 last season as Lille finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain.
His agent recently insisted the forward would not make a decision purely based on money, because it was important for the 24-year-old to go where he would have the best chance of developing.
Inter are on the verge of withdrawing their interest for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku as they cannot afford the Red Devils’ asking price.
It is therefore extremely difficult to believe the news coming out of France this morning, given they cannot afford to make such an offer without selling a key player first.