The real reason Liverpool did not fight Arsenal for record signing Nicolas Pepe

first_img James GrayFriday 23 Aug 2019 2:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link64Shares The real reason Liverpool did not fight Arsenal for record signing Nicolas Pepe Pepe ended up signing for Arsenal after a long summer of negotiation (Picture: Getty)Liverpool may have been repeatedly linked with Nicolas Pepe over the summer but the club were reportedly so uninterested that they phoned Lille to tell them as much.Pepe completed a £72million move to Arsenal on August 1 to become their club-record signing, part of a summer in which the Gunners shelled out more than £130m in transfer fees.Negotiations over the Ivorian winger were protracted apparently by the interest of several other clubs, including Liverpool, who were supposed to have held talks with Samir Khiat, Pepe’s agent.However, Goal now claim that the Reds never even listed Pepe as a transfer target and were so concerned by the suggestion that they informed his French employers in person.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLiverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards reportedly rang Lille manager Christophe Galtier to explain the situation and allege that the reports were likely being stirred up in order to drive a bidding war for Pepe’s services.The 24-year-old was a highly-rated prospect, having scored 22 goals for Lille in Ligue 1 the previous season and recorded 11 assists.But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp always publicly insisted that they would not be spending big this summer after several expensive windows.Klopp said back in July: ‘I said last year that to improve the team is not easy with reasonable money. With crazy money, you always can do it – okay, you pay whatever you want, then it’s possible. Advertisement Klopp always said Liverpool would not spend big in the last summer window (Picture: Getty)‘We are not a club like that. We cannot do that. We are really wealthy but we cannot do what some other teams are doing. That’s how it is.‘But we don’t have to. We have to find solutions during the season. Yes, you find sometimes the solution in the transfer market and we have done that. I don’t have to name the players, everybody knows.‘But otherwise you have to find the solutions on the training ground and that’s what we do now.Should Liverpool have tried to sign Nicolas Pepe?No0%Yes0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results‘We are still looking, but it will not be the [biggest] transfer window of LFC. It just will be a transfer window. We will see what we do, and if we haven’t done anything by the end it will be for different reasons.’Liverpool ended up spending a total of just £1.3m bringing in youngster Sepp van den Berg while signing free transfers for Harvey Elliott, Adrian and Andy Lonergan.Arsenal meanwhile have insisted that they could yet spend even more money in January despite the summer arrival of Pepe, if they feel the squad needs further improvement.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img

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