Crystal Palace are interested in a move for Porto winger Pepe, but face competition from Arsenal, who are also looking at the Brazilian.
According to A Bola, as relayed by Sport Witness, Crystal Palace are exploring signing FC Porto winger Pepe, although the Brazilian’s price tag could be problematic. The Portuguese side are aware of the interest and could demand a fee closer to the player’s release clause.
Pepe has come into acute focus with Porto since the departure of Luis Diaz in the January window. The Brazilian winger assumed the role on the left side of the attack with the Portuguese club since the Colombian’s departure to Liverpool. He has done fairly well in the position, although his numbers don’t reflect the output of the current Liverpool star.
The Brazilian winger, who has six goals and five assists in 40 games this season, has still done enough for Premier League clubs to look at him and consider making a move in the summer. The Portuguese side initially demanded Pepe’s release clause to be paid, which stands at around €70 million.
However, of late, they have reduced their asking price by €10 million, meaning clubs will have to pay €60 million to get the attacker. Contrastingly, English clubs reportedly value him at €50 million, which could complicate a transfer. Porto were hoping to get a fee similar to what Liverpool paid for Diaz.
However, there is a drastic difference between the output of both wingers, which could open the doors of negotiations for interested clubs from the Premier League. Arsenal and Crystal Place are reportedly keen on the Brazilian, as the London sides look to reinforce their attacking options.
Arsenal have been looking at several options in the window and need a left-winger to bring competition to the squad. They have been linked with Pepe recently, who could incidentally replace Nicolas Pepe in the squad despite their different positions on the pitch.
There is also Crystal Palace, who remain keen on improving their attack. Patrick Vieira may be looking for an upgrade on Jordan Ayew in the summer transfer window. The Ghanaian has been operating from the right-hand side under the French manager, but he could depart the club in the summer.
Palace are strong on both wings, with Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise occupying the flanks, but the Brazilian could drastically improve the quality and competition on either side. However, it remains to be seen if the London side are willing to pay a big transfer fee for the 25-year-old winger, who could be allowed to leave by Porto if the money is right.