Napoli agree Sh9b Nicolas Pepe deal
- Napoli have agreed a deal in principle to sign Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, says Lille president Gerard Lopez
- The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to several top European clubs - including Manchester United - after scoring 23 goals in 41 appearances last season, firing Lille to a second-placed finish in Ligue 1
Napoli have agreed a deal in principle to sign Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, says Lille president Gerard Lopez.
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to several top European clubs – including Manchester United – after scoring 23 goals in 41 appearances last season, firing Lille to a second-placed finish in Ligue 1.
Earlier this week, Lille president Gerard Lopez revealed the future of the in-demand winger is close to being decided, while Pepe stated in February he was open to a move away from the French side.
“Napoli have satisfied our request of 80m euros. Now it will be up to the player to decide where to go, also on the basis of other proposals that his agents received from four clubs,” Lopez told Tuttosport.
“Pepe will return from his holidays on Monday and I think that he will make his mind up halfway through the week.
“We asked him to stay last year and promised him we would have let him go during this transfer window.”
Pepe’s agent Samir Khiat and his staff visited Napoli’s training base in Dimaro on Thursday to undergo talks with the Serie A board over personal terms.
The agent’s request of a five-million-euro-per-year deal and a five million euro (£4.5m) agent fee are deemed too extortionate by Napoli, who could include one of their own players in the deal.
The deal could be facilitated by Adam Ounas, who is on the Ligue 1 club’s radar, as confirmed by Lopez himself.
“Now that Pepe will leave, coach Galtier will need an important player on the right wing, exactly like Ounas that we know from his time at Bordeaux when he would always create trouble,” he said.
United have been strongly linked with Pepe. However, they are not in talks with the player or the club and will not be signing him.
United remain in discussions with Inter Milan over the potential sale of Romelu Lukaku, but it is understood the Italian giants are reluctant to pay United’s asking price despite manager Antonio Conte’s desire to bring the player to San Siro.
-Report by skysports
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