Pepe’s future is still in the air. The Portuguese full back finishes his contract with Real Madrid on June 30 and except a radical change, he will not continue in Zidane’s side next season season. According to the Turkish newspaper Fanatik, his destination could be Galatasaray, a team that has shown a great interest in signing the Portuguese full back next year.
The Turkish newspaper confirms that the general director of the Ottoman club, Cen Enrgün, travelled to the Spanish capital with the goal of negotiating with the Portuguese agent, Jorge Mendes. The offer consists in a two season contact with a salary around €5M net per season. This proposal is much higher than the one Real Madrid offered him in the beginning of the season. Florentino Pérez offered him only one year more with the white shirt, and for that reason the Portuguese player didn’t want to renew with the team that gave him a lot of confidence during all his career.
Pepe has a lot of offers of many important teams that want his services, such as offers from China and Juventus Turin. Allegri wants to sign a full back for next year but the Italian side will not pay that amount of money for a player who is ending his professional career. Nevertheless, the Portuguese full back wants to enjoy a leading role in a team, and that will be very important when he will take the final decision. In the current season Pepe has played a total of 1460 minutes, in a season in which he has been injured several times.
Real Madrid have other defenders on lawn in different teams in Europe highlighting Jesús Vallejo, who has played a great season and who can return to Madrid next season. Pepe has been an important player in Real Madrid in his 10 years at Madrid, but he is already 34 years old and there are young full backs who can replace him in the future as Vallejo and Nacho, who is playing his best year as a professional.