Liverpool News Summary: Pepe offer lodged, Belgian star eyes exit, Reds dealt blow

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Liverpool along with UCL giant duo launch bid for in-demand Ivorian forward

Liverpool and their league rivals Arsenal have both submitted offers for Lille star Nicolas Pepe.

Both sides have been heavily connected with the winger who is reportedly prepared to leave France this summer.

Nicolas enjoyed a productive season in France last year, netting 23 times and creating 11 assists.The forward is currently on holiday after representing the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

But he could have a big decision to make about his long-term future when he returns.

According to L’Equipe, the Reds, Gunners and Serie A giants Inter Milan have all made offers for Pepe.Lille board are waiting to hear what the 24-year-old star’s preferred destination is before opening negotiations.

Napoli and Atletico Madrid are also keen on signing him. Lille would demand around €80 million (£72 million) including bonuses.

However, The Reds are not expected to splash out this summer transfer window.Reports have claimed Jurgen Klopp will only plan to replace any fringe players that depart the club.

But if Nicolas were to become available, Liverpool may be tempted to bring the star in to provide competition for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

And he could be joined out of the Lille exit door by versatile defender Adama Soumaoro, who is interesting Crystal Palace.

Meantime, the REds have moved ahead of the Gunners in the pursuit of AS Nancy ace Bilel Hassaini this summer by making an offer for the French youngster, according to Foot Mercato.

Hassaini has drawn the interest of possible suitors by impressing in an attacking midfield role for his country at youth level.

Representative of 31-year-old goalkeeper pushing for Liverpool exit this summer

Simon Mignolet looks set to depart from Liverpool this summer after his entourage revealed the sho-stopper was desperate to play regular football next season.

The 31-year-old star spent last campaign providing back-up to Brazil international Alisson Becker, while the previous two seasons before that saw the Belgian battle it out with German keeper Loris Karius to start between the sticks.

He became the Reds’ first choice after joining from the Fellow English club Sunderland for £9m back in 2013, but has fallen down the pecking order in the latest years.

And it seems Simon is keen to get out of Anfield to restart his professional career this summer, according to his representative, the former Crystal Palace custodian Nico Vaesen .

“The goalkeeper game of musical chairs hasn’t started yet,” Nico told Le Sport Plus.

“It’s important for Simon to play somewhere, and our goal is still to make him leave. He’s still got a lot to offer, and if we have an offer, we’re counting on Liverpool making an effort.”

Though he is angling for a transfer away this summer, Mignolet is set to be handed plenty of game time in the pre-season campaign by Liverpool.

siAlisson Becker is currently still away from the club and enjoying some down time after helping his country win the Copa America earlier this month, while third-choice keeper Caoimhin Kelleher is recovering from wrist surgery.

Polish talent Kamil Grabara has signed for Huddersfield on a season-long loan and such is Liverpool’s stopper crisis, they have had to draft free agent Andy Lonergan into their roster for their pre-season trip to the USA.

Liverpool set to miss out on signing long-term midfield target

Nabil Fekir is on the brink of completing a £26 million move to Spain after his new Lyon manager Sylvinho confirmed he’s set to depart the club.

Nabil came close to joining the Reds for more than £50 million last summer and was even pictured in a Liverpool shirt before the deal broke down because of concerns over a long-standing knee injury.

He was connected with a cut-price move to Liverpool this summer with Arsenal also reportedly interested in acquiring his services.

But according to L’Equipe , it’s La Liga side Real Betis who have appeared as the surprise destination for the Lyon playmaker, who turned 26 today.

Sevilla and Valencia have also been connected with a move and could still sign Fekir, who is said to have his future decided soon.

“It is likely that he will leave, he is in the negotiation stage. For him and the club’s good, I hope it will be resolved as quickly as possible.” – Lyon boss Sylvinho said.

“He is a wonderful player, a very high level footballer, just seeing him drive the ball to training is a joy, and I take this opportunity to publicly wish him a happy birthday.”

Fekir signing for Real Betis could open the door for the departure of Tottenham Hotspur-bound Giovani Lo Celso, who is closing in on a huge-money move to Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The Lyon star would serve as a direct replacement for the Argentine attacking midfielder, whilst his team-mate in the national team, Tanguy Ndombele, has already sealed his move to Spurs.