Lille president Gerard Lopez confirmed that Napoli along with three unnamed clubs have matched their asking price of €80m for Nicolas Pepe.
Pepe’s future has become one of the biggest sagas of the transfer window following a breakthrough campaign at Lille, where he bagged 23 goals and 11 assists in 38 Ligue 1 games.
Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have all since been queuing for the Ivory Coast international this summer.
But Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he’d met Pepe’s representatives at the team hotel in Dimaro, where they are training for pre-season.
Now, Lopez has confirmed that last season’s Serie A runners-up have indeed tabled a satisfying offer for the 24-year-old. Although he warned the Italian’s that they’re not the only ones.
“Last year we asked Pepe to stay, with the promise that we’d sell him in this transfer window,” he told Tuttosport.
“We’ve received offers that satisfy us in a financial sense from four clubs. [Napoli president] Aurelio De Laurentiis has met our asking price of €80m.
“Now it’ll be up to the player to decide where to go, also based on the offers that his agents have received from the four clubs.
“Pepe will return from holiday on Monday and I believe he will make a decision in the middle of next week.”
Ancelotti also confirmed that Napoli remain in talks for his old Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, who is also on Atletico Madrid’s radar.
The Spanish club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, even confirmed their interest in the Colombia international on Thursday.
Should Pepe join Napoli, he will become the club’s ninth signing of the current transfer window. The most noteworthy arrival at the Stadio San Paolo this summer is AS Roma centre-back Konstantinos Manolas for €36m.