The Daily Mail have claimed that Manchester City have finally grown frustrated in their chase for Real Madrid centre back Pepe and are now turning their attentions to other targets instead.
Manuel Pellegrini is aware that the Citizens’ back four need to be slightly more solid than they were last season in order to win the title this season and had eyed Pepe as the man to shore up his defence.
Of course as one of our punters quips, Pepe is well known by Pellegrini who managed him during his brief spell in charge at Real Madrid.
It seemed Pellegrini would have ideally liked to bring the defender to England and pair him with Vincent Kompany at the heart of the defence.
Whilst that seemed quite possible at the start of the summer, Pepe seems to have won his place back in the Real Madrid starting eleven after losing it under Jose Mourinho, yet the absence of Raphael Varane from pre-season may have a great deal to do with this.
Either way, Pellegrini has turned his attention to another target he knows well – former Malaga player Martin Demichelis who has only just joined Atletico Madrid this summer, yet could still be available for a nominal fee.
Clearly City have been busy in the transfer market and have once again spent big, yet the players brought in are more of the attacking variety and Pellegrini is fully aware that another defender is vital before the start of the season.
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