Roberto Mancini is planning an audacious swoop for Real Madrid’s Porutguese centre-back Pepe according to German website Fussball Talente.
The 27-year-old has been surrounded by speculation since October when it was revealed by Spanish sports paper Diario AS that Pepe was open to leaving the club on a bosman transfer in 2012.
According to the newspaper, “when he signed for Real Madrid in 2007, he sacrificed a part of his salary to pay for his huge transfer fee. This made him one of the lowest earners at the club, making €1.8 million a year.”
City would certainly have the funds to improve any contract in place at Madrid, as well as potentially beat any offer made by the Spanish giants. A January move may be a possibility to ensure Real recoup some funds if the defender is resigned to leaving.
City have looked decent at the back this season, but Boyata has been prone to the odd mistake. Perhaps the Portuguese international could be the perfect partner for the highly rated Vincent Kompany whilst providing a wealth of exprieance to any Man City youth talent coming through.
Chelsea have also been linked with the Real Madrid star, but his hefty wage demands may not be matched as easily by the pensioners. However, the recent injury problems surrounding first choice defender John Terry may accelerate any attempt made to secure Pepe’s services.
I personally can’t wait to see if he moves, hopefully we will see some glimpses of the sort of madness seen here against Getafe. Enjoy.
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