Premier League rich boys Manchester City are preparing to offer 20 million euros in a bid to take Real Madrid defender Pepe to the Etihad Stadium, it has been reported.
The Daily Mail said new Citizens manager Manuel Pellegrini was keen to take the Portuguese star to England to bolster his team’s defence ahead of an assault on the title.
The 30-year-old centre back has been subject of speculation all summer although Los Blancos were thought to be keen to keep hold of him.
But having spent big to secure the services of Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Casemiro and Daniel Carvajal, Santiago Bernabeu boss Carlo Ancelotti is believed to be keen to raise funds.
Pepe joined Real Madrid from Porto in 2007 and has made 199 appearances for the club, scoring five goals. He has also represented his country on 51 occasions, chipping in with three goals.