July 6, 2020

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Arsenal and Liverpool told to pay close to ‘Pepe’s £72 million’ for Lille striker as club’s Chief confirmed multiple bids

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Lille have confirmed they want a fee close to the £72million Arsenal spent on Nicolas Pepe for new Gunners and Liverpool target Victor Osimhen.

The French club have also CONFIRMED multiple bids for the 21-year-old striker, who has scored 18 goals in Ligue 1 this season.

The Nigeria international has enjoyed a stellar season in France after arriving last year from Belgian side Sporting Charleroi for £10m as a replacement for Emirates-bound Pepe.

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Arsenal and Liverpool are now looking to bring Osimhen to Premier League.

But they will have to fork out a similar fee which Gunner’s spent for Nicolas Pepe last summer if they want to sign the talented youngster.

Owner Gerard Lopez told the Mail: “There are multiple offers.

“We turned down one English and one Spanish offer this January transfer window.

“There is a wide array [this summer] and I wouldn’t want to give the names of the clubs who are bidding.

“But what I can tell you is there are multiple [offers].

“There are three championships that have clubs that have bid for him.

“I am not being a sales guy because last year people didn’t believe that we had the offers we had with Pepe, and it turns out we had multiple of them.

“Let me tell you with Osimhen, it is the same thing, whatever number you heard.

“The high number I have read is very much on the money of the offers that we have received. That’s where we are.”

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