And they may soon get their wish with the Daily Star reporting that the Citizens are to launch a £25 million bid for Real Madrid defender Pepe.
Manuel Pellegrini has accepted defeat in his pursuit for Porto’s £35 million-rated defender Eliaquim Mangala and sees Pepe as the next best thing.
The Chilean tactician is looking for a reliable partner for Vincent Kompany in the heart of defence as he looks to improve on their defensive versatility.
He had also been linked with a move for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia but the Italian club’s valuation of £50 million has been laughed off by both Manchester City and also Tottenham Hotspur who also enquired.
Pellegrini now has Pepe in his sights and will offer the Portuguese international a first team place – something Real Madrid may not be able to offer with Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos impressing as a partnership of late.
Manchester City fans. We all know you have a lot of money. But £25 million for a 31-year-old defender is too much, isn’t it? Let us know your thoughts below.
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