With almost every major signing already completed, there are not many big stories to comment these days in football. However, there is still one that gets crazier every day, without a visible end.
The Nicolas Pepe transfer saga has taken a path as crazy as dramatic, with several reports indicating different things. In the last update of Pepe’s situation, all of Arsenal, Napoli, Inter, Manchester United and Liverpool have reached an ‘agreement’ with Lille over the transfer of the 24-year-old star. Pepe is indeed a man in demand. Yikes.
First, La Voix du Nord reports that a ‘global agreement’ (we don’t know exactly what that is) has been reached by Inter, United, and Napoli, with all holding with the French side regarding the €80-million rated winger. In this report, Napoli look like the strongest candidate to take Pepe’s signature, especially knowing that his representatives traveled to Naples hoping to complete a deal.
“I’ve met with Pepe’s agents. They were at our hotel… It is normal that we would meet to discuss eventual negotiations. It is pointless to hide it with his agents here: we are interested in Pepe,” Carlo Ancelotti then admitted.
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti on Nicolas Pépé: “I’ve met with Pépé’s agents. They were at our hotel… It is normal that we would meet to discuss eventual negotiations. It is pointless to hide it with his agents here: we are interested in Pépé.”
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 25, 2019
After that, Le10 Sport ‘exclusively’ reported that Arsenal and Napoli had the upper hand on Pepe’s situation, with both clubs entering into the ‘final stretch’ of negotiations. Yet, as Sports Witness later corrected, with Arsenal’s budget, spending €80 million in one player doesn’t seem like the best option for the Gunners. It’s the same with Internazionale, who are currently trying to pile up the right amount of money to purchase Romelu Lukaku.
If that wasn’t enough, then it was the turn of CalcioNapoli24, who dared to say Liverpool had also reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with the French outfit, with Napoli being their competition for the winger. Besides, they say any deal hasn’t been completed yet because of Pepe’s agent, who is understood to be asking a fee of €5 million, with Lille still standing firm over that €80 million valuation.
All this Pepe situation looked like a regular transfer saga at the beginning, but now this has turned into a mess. The only thing left to do is sit and wait, as this is arguably the only big story in the summer transfer window we have yet to see how is going to end.