France Football and L’Equipe sensationally claim that Inter and Atletico Madrid both bid €90m for Lille striker Nicolas Pepe.
The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international has been a sensation in Ligue 1 this season with 22 goals and 11 assists in 38 games.
A right-sided winger who can also play as centre-forward, he has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
However, both France Football and L’Equipe report today that Inter and Atletico Madrid have surged to the front with €90m offers.
Inter had originally proposed around €60m earlier in the summer, but now it’s suggested they’ve increased the bid with the inclusion of add-ons and bonuses.
Italian sources throw doubt on the story, as the Nerazzurri have a limited transfer budget, even with new Coach Antonio Conte drawing up the wish-list.
It’s believed Romelu Lukaku is the priority and Manchester United want €70-80m for the centre-forward.
Inter had hoped to raise funds by selling Mauro Icardi, but he is refusing to leave and is short on credible offers after months of wrangling with the club.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are also ready to pounce and see Pepe as the ideal replacement for Antoine Griezmann.
Atleti are ready to spend big this summer, as they are also reportedly on the verge of securing Joao Felix from Benfica for €120m.