The battle to sign Real Madrid defender Pepe has intensified after Turkish outfit Fenerbache became the latest to express their interest, it has been reported.
The Portuguese defender is known to be a target of Manchester City after Manuel Pellegrini, widely expected to be named as the club’s new manager, identified the 30-year-old to strengthen the defence.
But according to the Turkish newspaper Milliyet, the Super Lig runners-up are looking at the option of taking Pepe to the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.
Pepe would command a fee of around 23.3 million euros, with the price inflated due to his long-term contract at the Bernabeu.
The defender fell behind youngster Raphael Varane in the pecking order in Los Blancos’ side before finding himself frozen out by Jose Mourinho for speaking out about the treatment of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.