Liverpool & Arsenal make official bids for 23-goals top-class winger

Liverpool and Arsenal have both lodged official bids for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, according to a report.

The 24-year-old is open to a move this summer, and the Premier League duo are both very keen to secure his signature.

According to L’Equipe, Lille are eager to drum up further interest to create a bidding war, with Inter Milan, Napoli and Atletico Madrid also interested in the Ivory Coast international.

The Ligue 1 club are demanding £72m for their star man, which would raise questions as to whether Arsenal could afford him considering their reported £40m summer transfer budget.

Pepe enjoyed a stellar 2018-19 season, scoring 23 goals and laying on a further 12 assists as Lille qualified for the Champions League for the first time in seven years.